As the 2007-2008 academic year comes to a conclusion, we have much to be thankful for. Commencement exercises in May celebrated the accomplishments of a record number of our graduates and enrollment numbers continue to climb for both summer and fall 2008.

Summer is a beautiful time at Lourdes College. Although the days are a bit slower on campus, preparations continue to welcome the new freshman class in the fall. In addition, this summer the administration is finalizing our next strategic plan.

Lourdes College and our sponsors, the Sisters of St. Francis, have joined many in the region as we celebrated the College's 50th anniversary. During our convocation ceremony in August, Lourdes will officially close out our anniversary year with the sealing of a time capsule. This time capsule will be on display during convocation and will then move to its home in the Duns Scotus Library in St. Clare Hall.

On behalf of the Lourdes College community, I wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you again in the autumn.

Robert C. Helmer, PhD, JD