Student & Alumni Veterans & Military
Lourdes University has provided a college education to veterans and military members and their families for many years. Our faculty and staff are proud to serve you and your fellow students while you are at Lourdes and are excited to celebrate your accomplishments including commissioning services and graduation.
Corporal Dib Odetallah
U.S. Marine Corp, Infantry
CPL Odetallah chose to attend Lourdes University because of the relatively small student body. “I felt welcomed and respected here. The faculty and staff were friendly and helpful and I felt at home and comfortable.”
Pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, he is especially thankful for Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Oxana Grinevich, who worked with him multiple times on math equations, motivated him to become a better student and always offered the best advice for student success.
After graduation, CPL Odetallah plans to enter a different branch of the service as an officer and attend graduate school. He recommends Lourdes to anyone looking to attend college and transition from military life to civil life. “Lourdes is the place to be. They are willing to help guide you and make sure you get the most out of your education. You are not a number here. People will get to know you by name very quickly and make you feel comfortable.”
Second Lieutenant Corey Linser, (’15, BA, Criminal Justice)
Michigan National Guard
Michigan National Guard Second Lieutenant Corey Linser (’15, BA) graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in early March. As a member of the 159th graduating class, he is stationed at Post 89 in Swanton, Ohio.
A criminal justice graduate, Trooper Linser was commissioned in the Michigan National Guard last May and is a Platoon Leader for the 37th Special Troops Battalion. Next on his agenda is successfully completing training at Fort Huachuca with the opportunity for promotion to First Lieutenant in the National Guard.
Second Lieutenant Matthew Olzak (’14, BSN, Nursing)
U.S. Army Reserves
Commissioned as a 2LT in May 2014, Matthew will now serve with a medical unit in Columbus, Ohio and continue his officer career with the U.S. Army Reserves.
Captain Sarah Matuszek (R.N., ’09, MSN, Nursing)
Registered Nurse, Progressive Care Unit East, St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, OH
As a nurse in the U.S. Army Reserves 256th Combat Support Hospital in Twinsburg, OH, CPT Sarah Matuszek has learned the principles of leadership and gained valuable medical experience at home and abroad. “With deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, I’ve learned to adapt my nursing skills in any kind of environment. There’s always more than one way of doing something, especially in the Army. By challenging myself and staying motivated, I’ve learned many new skills, thought processes and strategies to constantly strive to be a better leader and nurse.”
After returning from deployment, CPT Matuszek joined St. Charles Hospital’s Progressive Care Unit East. She is also working to complete a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate at The University of Toledo. Upon completion of the program, she plans to reclassify her position and become a nurse practitioner for the Army Reserves.
For military servicemen and women considering returning to school, CPT Matuszek says to make sure to speak with your instructors about your military service. “Let them know at the beginning of the semester that you are serving in the military to prevent any conflicts with the syllabus, and try to give enough notice of upcoming military training. Lastly, be proud of the commitment you made for your country! Quite simply, less than 1% of the U.S. population chooses the path you have taken.”
Major Amanda Merritt (’04, BSN, Nursing)
Nurse Manager, Fort Sam Houston
A clinical nurse officer in charge at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, MAJ Merritt oversees a 26 bed trauma surgical unit in the largest department of defense medical center. On a daily basis, she has 96 staff reporting to her.
Last December, MAJ Merritt and her family moved to Germany so that she could serve in the 212th combat surgical hospital. She is currently working on her master of forensic nursing at Duquesne University and will sit for her Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) certification exam in the near future.