Members of the Toledo area community gathered in support of education at the annual Lourdes Night at Ciao! dinner with the President. During the event, guests including Mike and Carol Anderson, Joe Nachtrab and family, Tom and Paulette Geiger and Bob and Kathy Chirdon enjoyed favorite Ciao! dishes such as Calamari Fritti, Ravioli con Broccolini e Salsiccia and Tiramisu, while raising more than $5,000 for student scholarships.
"We appreciate the continued support we receive from Mike Gibbons and Mainstreet Ventures. Ciao! restaurant is a wonderful community partner," notes Mary Arquette, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "Their generosity goes a long way in helping our students achieve their educational goals."
In October, more than 50 runners hit the pavement to raise funds for students during the fourth annual Gray Wolves 5K. Funds raised through the race benefit the Dr. Robert J. Turek, Jr. Endowed Leadership Scholarship.
Alumna Lisa Syroka ('10, BA, Marketing) and Criminal Justice major Connor Richardson took home prizes for fastest female and male times. Congratulations to all who participated!
For a number of years, the Department of Social Work has been partnering with the Cherry Street Mission – providing a wealth of service through outreach activities and field education.
This year, the department enhanced its partnership by offering on-site training sessions crafted specifically for the staff at Cherry Street.
Designed by Associate Professor of Social Work James Wares and Field Education Director Mark Robinson, the training sessions covered communication issues, theory and skills that staff can apply when interacting with clients. Additionally, Jim discussed the particular dilemmas and difficulties often affecting the homeless population such as mental illness and substance abuse.
"There are trying circumstances that can present themselves on a regular basis requiring special consideration, knowledge and strategy to better assist the homeless," offers James. "Our goal was to give the Cherry Street staff the tools to help their clients move forward and find success. Ultimately, we want to be a resource that supports the agency in accomplishing its mission of helping people improve their lives."
Last fall, the Diversity Awareness & Action Committee (DAAC) hosted a series of events celebrating Lourdes' Franciscan value of reverence, including Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
DAAC and the Latino Student Union partnered to celebrate Hispanic heritage through a fiesta and dance performance by El Corazon De Mexico. Founded by Elaina Hernandez in 1996, El Corazon de Mexico demonstrates the beauty and charm of Mexican culture through their repertoire of over 100 traditional folk dances.
The Office of Mission & Ministry celebrated the season through its annual Sharing the Spirit and Spreading the Joy events. The Lourdes Community gathered for dinner during Sharing the Spirit which concluded with the lighting of the institution's Christmas tree – and more than 20 families benefitted from Spreading the Joy, which provides toys and Christmas meals for those in need.
In the Spirit of St. Francis and his love for the Earth, Mission & Ministry also partnered with the Orbis Ars student art organization and the Environmental Awareness Committee to create one-of-a kind wrapping paper made from recycled paper bags.