On behalf of the Lourdes College community, I am excited to embark on our Strategic Directions that will set the stage for Lourdes University by 2015. Committed to quality academic programs, Lourdes will position itself as a strong, vibrant and regional institution of higher learning.

Lourdes has made a positive difference in the lives of our students, alumni, their families and communities. We stand behind our mission and core values of community, learning, reverence and service. Lourdes continues to grow. For the fifth consecutive year, we have experienced record enrollment.

To truly understand the significance of what Lourdes provides, it is best to listen to one of our own students, Beth Wong, a Social Work major. "Lourdes has been even more than I expected. The College has a strong base of student support services and I feel that everyone here really cares about my success. I am most thankful for the excellent professors. They have a great ability to teach and interact with the students. They have taught me so much more than what I would get out of the textbooks alone. Lourdes has truly been a blessing in my life."

As we move forward, let us all keep these sentiments in mind. Together, we will forge a new path for Lourdes that will greatly enhance and impact our region for generations to come.

Robert C. Helmer, PhD, JD