I look forward to the fall semester each year. The campus comes alive with autumn colors and throughout the halls and classrooms the air of academic achievement enriches the days. Autumn also brings a variety of activities and recreation for our new and returning students. The atmosphere is not to be missed.

Lourdes has experienced tremendous growth in the last five years. To ensure our continued success, the College is finalizing its new strategic plan. I look forward to sharing this plan with members of our region at the State of the College address on Tuesday, September 30.

Our Speaker Series returns on Sunday, October 19 at 7 p.m. as we welcome actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker of LA Law fame. Co-sponsored by Flower Hospital, the presentation will focus on the emotional aspects that come with the diagnosis of breast cancer and the ways to overcome the disease with humor and hope.

I encourage you to visit Lourdes. Whether it is to visit a particular faculty or staff member, attend a Lourdes event or enroll in classes, we look forward to seeing you.

Robert C. Helmer, PhD, JD