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President's Letter: Spring 2015

Lourdes University offers several hallmark events during spring semester that enlighten and engage the entire community. I invite you to review the coming events and join us at one or more of these events. You can choose from academic lectures, the research symposium, student art shows, the awards ceremony, Luminations and Hit the Links student scholarship fundraisers and our most important day each spring – commencement.

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A Shining Example

Constance Brooks (’12, BA) is a role model to many. As program director at Harbor House/300 Beds, Inc., she works with homeless and chemically dependent women to sustain their recovery, gain self-esteem, self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Her own story of transformation inspires these women to secure a place in society as productive, working citizens and oftentimes, to reunite with their children and loved ones.

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Inaugural Soccer Coaches Welcomed

Athletics director Andre Smith is pleased to announce Lourdes University’s newest Gray Wolves – Jackie Donovan and Barry Spitzer – as the inaugural women’s and men’s head soccer coaches. Lourdes will take the field as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program for the first time in fall of 2015.

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Supporters of a Catholic Education

Patrick and Angele McGrady are strong supporters of education, particularly Catholic education. Both were educated in the Catholic system – Pat in Toledo and Angele in the Bronx, NY. Regardless of their family size (Pat is the oldest of six siblings while Angele is an only child), their parents believed private faith-based education was extremely important and worth the sacrifices and cost.

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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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Keeper of the Diploma

One could say that Brianna (Bri) Lievens Pilbeam holds the fate of every Lourdes University graduate in her hands. As assistant registrar, one of her core responsibilities is completing degree audits for graduation. “Last spring I literally touched every diploma and as I was preparing them for mailing I thought to myself, ‘This is someone’s future, this could be hanging on someone’s wall for years to come. It gave me a deep appreciation for my work at Lourdes.’”

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Advancing Through Technology

This fall, Susan Shelangoskie, PhD, returned to campus after spending a semester on sabbatical researching Victorian technology--including obtaining special access to archives in England. While abroad, she analyzed rare documents and viewed objects such as the experimental telegraphs that were the first to be used to solve a murder.

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A Pioneer for Future Generations

Sr. Mary Jon Wagner, OSF, accepted her leadership role in 2012 and has steadfastly worked to ensure the legacy of the Sisters’ mission to serve as messengers of peace and to be committed to works that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized and respect the gift of creation.

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Excelling in the Classroom

Matthew Roadruck (‘05, BA) is setting the bar high in education in Norfolk, VA. The 2014 Teacher of the Year is respected and appreciated by his peers, administrators, students and most importantly, their parents.

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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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