Koester Greenhouse partners with Toledo Metroparks

This year, the Paul R. Koester Greenhouse once again partnered with the Toledo Metroparks. With the help of student volunteers, the greenhouse propagated Blazing Stars, an Oak Openings native flowering plant.

A total of 8,866 plants were transplanted in this effort. To learn more about the Koester Greenhouse or to volunteer, please contact Robin Ford-Parker, Greenhouse Manager and Instructor of Biology and Health Sciences, at 419-824-3845.

Department of Music teams up with area groups

The Lourdes Department of Music has partnered with two local music groups to offer new opportunities for students who play wind or string instruments. By enrolling in MUS 410A: Instrumental Ensembles with Sylvania Community Orchestra and MUS 410B: Instrumental Ensembles with the Maumee Community Band, students can participate in band or orchestra while also earning college credit.

For more information on this partnership or the latest news from the department, contact Karen Biscay, Chairperson, at 419-824-3772 or kbiscay@lourdes.edu.

$100,000 pledged by Fifth Third Bank

pledge checkIn August, Fifth Third Bank's Chairman of the Board John Szuch presented a $50,000 check on behalf of the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts to Lourdes. The check is part of a $100,000 pledge by Fifth Third Bank.

Monies will be used to offset costs of the new academic building, dedicated in October 2007.

Born in 1849, Jacob G. Schmidlapp is one of the most respected and successful men of his time. He founded the Union Savings Bank in 1876, which merged with Fifth Third Bank in 1919.

In 1903, Mr. Schmidlapp established a trust to help improve lives by funding arts, health and human services and education and community development initiatives. A second Schmidlapp Trust was established in 1919.

Career Services offers new tool

The Office of Career Services now offers Optimal Resume/Interview to students. An online resume building tool, students are guided in developing a professional resume through a step-by-step process that includes advice and examples.

Optimal Interview provides students the opportunity to practice interviewing skills with real-to-life, multimedia interview scenarios and tailored questions. The tool also offers the option of receiving Career Services feedback on interview skills.

For more information, contact Janet Dickson, Director of Career Services, at 419-824-3704 or jdickson@lourdes.edu

New citizens welcomed during Naturalization Ceremony

In September, a group of 78 men and women were sworn in as United States citizens during a Naturalization ceremony in the Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center of Lourdes College.

The Honorable Judge Jack Zouhary presided over the ceremony and Lourdes faculty member Oxana Grinevich, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics, a naturalized citizen herself, served as one of the keynote speakers. Lourdes College students welcomed the newly sworn in citizens with a banner displaying congratulatory notes. After the ceremony, the League of Women Voters helped citizens register to vote.

Area high schools awarded scholarships at Shoe Bowl

 Shoe Bowl

Lourdes joined the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association at the 2008 Shoe Bowl Football Classic. The Shoe Bowl, which features two-quarter scrimmages between area high school football teams, serves as a pre-season football preview and charity fundraising event for the Old Newsboys Association.

Between scrimmages, Lourdes participated in an on-field ceremony to present high schools with $1,000 scholarships. High schools receiving scholarships included Northwood, Scott, Start, St. John's Jesuit and Woodward.