President's Letter: Fall 2014

The Lourdes University community is busy as usual educating and preparing our students to be exceptional individuals and successful professionals. We are also taking the necessary steps to solidify our next strategic plan.

As president, I am confident that our vision will lead the institution to new heights while furthering the mission first established by the Sisters of St. Francis. It is fitting that this edition of AtLourdes focuses on leadership among our students, alumni, and administration.

Over summer, Lourdes employees diligently worked on providing our students with these exciting new programs and facilities.

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On the Path to Success

Senior Joseph Esposito is already a leader. In his three years at Lourdes, the talented student and outfielder for the Gray Wolves baseball team has honed the skills instilled in him by his parents. New students look to his guidance as an orientation leader to help them successfully transition from high school to college. Most importantly, all of his peers rely on him to represent their interests as president of the Student Government Association.

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Lourdes Professor is a Walking Witness for Holocaust survivors

​Lourdes University Instructor of Business David Harms is among an elite group of educators selected to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Short-Term Group Project Abroad titled Walking Witness: Civic Responsibility in the Shadow of the Holocaust.

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Congratuations Graduates!

Wishing a warm welcome to Lourdes University’s newest alumni members – the graduating class of July and December 2013, and May 2014

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Lourdes Gray Wolves go national

Lourdes University’s athletic department may be young, but it’s already proving itself mighty in the world of collegiate sports. In its brief 4-year history, competitive cheer, men’s and women’s volleyball, and men’s basketball have all qualified for national tournament competitions.

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Mid-Campus expansion underway

As part of Lourdes University’s master plan, the institution accumulated approximately 10 acres over the past 6 years including the former bus property off Brint and McCord Roads. After working with Sylvania city administration to have the planned development approved, Lourdes broke ground on the first phase of its Mid-Campus expansion last fall.

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Extraordinary Gray Wolves: Janet Zale - Cyber Woman

She specializes in the field of computer forensics. Her expertise lends itself well to forensically examining computers, cell phones and electronic devices for other local police departments and the federal government. In the latter case, she was chosen as one of the inaugural members of the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Extraordinary Gray Wolves: Stevie Beale Van Ausdale - Super Stevie

A talented individual, Stevie has dealt with great trauma and didn't just survive but triumphed. When recuperating in the hospital from an automobile accident, her caregivers, friends and family members referred to her as "Super Stevie" for her resilience and positive attitude.

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Extraordinary Gray Wolves: Luke Ellison - Captain Cactus Lip

Luke says it was an honor to assist Lourdes with the Gray Wolf logo design. "It helped establish a communal sense of identity for students, faculty and staff. My comic books and gallery work are intended to be conversation starters, and to me, an open dialog is always a positive thing."

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Extraordinary Gray Wolves: Active Minds - The Conscientious Ninjas

In 2012, Nursing student Sarah Berendt established the Lourdes University chapter of Active Minds, a non-profit association dedicated to being the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide.

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