First Year Experience (FYE) students had an opportunity to meet the author of the book from their summer reading assignment. One Amazing Thing author Chitra Divakaruni gave a brief presentation and then stayed to sign copies of her novel in October.
Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker.
FYE students read the novel and then wrote a 3 to 4 page essay, sharing in part their own amazing story. Each class gathered at a Lourdes faculty or staff member's home and discussed the book over dinner.
In August, a group of leaders from China's Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics (ZUFE) visited Lourdes to tour the campus and learn about the values and opportunities of a private, liberal arts education. The visit was part of an ongoing partnership between ZUFE and The University of Toledo's College of Business & Innovation (COBI).
The delegation spent 11 days in Toledo, and as part of the partnership, visited Owens Community College. While at Lourdes, the ZUFE delegation received a presentation on the University's history, mission, and values, and learned about various aspects of private institutions including governance and organization, admissions requirements, student services, and student life.
Founded in 1974, the Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics (formerly known as Zhejiang Banking & Finance School) is a province-level university located in Hangzhou, the capital of China's affluent Zhejiang Province. The university boasts an enrollment of more than 20,000 students who can choose from 37 undergraduate programs and 15 master's degree programs.
Current board member and benefactor of the Ebeid Student Center and the academic hall named in his honor, Russell J. Ebeid was one of the prestigious recipients of the 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Founded in 1986 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), the medal pays tribute to the immigrant experience and honors the contributions and legacies made to America by immigrants.
Honorees of the medal are chosen based on a life dedicated to helping others, a commitment to preserving and celebrating their ancestry, striving to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity, and for sharing their personal and professional gifts that benefit humanity.
Switzerland's Ambassador Manuel Sager stopped at Lourdes University during a tour of northwest Ohio with Congressman Bob Latta. The ambassador spoke to a crowd of both Lourdes and Toledo-area representatives about his country's connection to the region and the reasons Switzerland has been able to remain successful despite trying economic times in Europe.
Established as a way to help a select group of incoming freshman TRiO students to transition to college life, the Summer Bridge Program begins with an early campus move-in. Students move into Lourdes Commons nearly a week earlier than the University's official Move-In day – giving the students more time to acclimate to campus life.
After move-in, the students spent three days participating in teamwork and leadership building activities, attending academic workshops, and exploring the local community. Students who successfully completed the Summer Bridge program were eligible to apply for the TRiO Federal Grant Aid Scholarship.
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