5K Run/Walk event raises $4,000 towards student scholarship

The inaugural 5K Fun Run & Walk event in May raised over $4,000 towards the development of a new endowed scholarship. The Dr. Robert J. Turek, Jr. scholarship is named after the former Vice President for Student Services who retired in April.

Members of the Lourdes community were inspired by Dr. Turek's long history of student support to initiate the 5K event. To establish an endowed scholarship, a total of $10,000 must be raised within a 3-year period.

Instrumental in creating this event and scholarship were Rebecca Tobias, Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities and Recreation, and Robin Riley-Casey, Admissions Transfer Coordinator.

WAVE festival a big splash

The inaugural Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs (WAVE) festival in March was a huge success. On hand were over 30 local women artisans and entertainers including singer-songwriter Kyle White, folk band Spectrum, the Aegela Dance Company and others.

Those in attendance were able to support Mom's House through the purchase of the fine arts and crafts on display. The 2009 event is tentatively scheduled for March 21.

First Book – Lourdes College donates $4,000

Through a grant, First Book-Lourdes College awarded $4,000 in Borders gift cards to northwest Ohio literacy programs. First Book-Lourdes College works to promote and facilitate the distribution of new books to children in literacy programs throughout northwest Ohio.

By providing children from low-income families with books that they can take home and keep, the student organization works to help children become better readers and likewise increase reading test scores.

For more information about the organization, contact Barbara Walters, MEd, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, at 419-824-3927.

LourdesALERT on campus

This spring, Lourdes added a new method to communicate with students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. The text messaging system is offered through Inspiron's Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS).

WENS is a text-messaging system designed only for emergency notification purposes. The system is an opt-in program. In order to utilize the service, students must sign up using the online registration form.

Lourdes partners with Wright State for diversity conference

 Wright State diversity conference

In April, the Lourdes College Diversity Awareness and Action Committee partnered with Wright State University for its annual diversity conference.

"Quest for Community: A Call To Action" is the annual state-wide conference that explores diversity issues in higher education and brings students, faculty, staff and community together to encourage understanding of and commitment to diversity.

Lourdes faculty serving as co-presenters at the conference were Dale Lanigan, EdD, Director of the Criminal Justice program, and Larry Murphy, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology & Justice Studies.

Lourdes partners with Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo Community FoundationThe Toledo Community Foundation (TCF) and Lourdes College co-sponsored a day-long summit in May. "Ensuring Success in Academic Support Programs" served as a follow-up session to "Community Report: A Tutoring Program Assessment" commissioned by the TCF.

Executive directors and program staff from after school, tutoring and recreational programs attended this workshop to learn strategies that will improve the success of their programs. Sessions focused on volunteer training, handbook development, assessment, technology, marketing and recruitment.

Joyce Litten, Chair of the Department of Social Work, and Michael French, PhD, Director of the Master of Education program, were instrumental in this partnership.

Faculty travel to Hungary

Paul Longenecker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, and Dariel Jacobs, PhD, Director of the Adolescence to Young Adult Education program, will travel with a consortium to Hungary. The Lourdes College Diversity Awareness and Action Committee worked with the Great Lakes Consortium to bring this opportunity to Lourdes faculty. The consortium will depart on June 26.

During the trip, faculty will stay with host families and teach a group of teachers and students in Hungary. The focus of their trip will be global learning and the English language. The consortium will visit Szeged, Csongrad and Veszprem, Hungary during their three-week stay.

2nd annual Earth Expo scheduled

Mark your calendar for the 2nd annual Earth Expo on Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center. The goal of the Earth Charter Community Summit is to help establish a sound ethical foundation for a global society and to promote the transition to a sustainable way of life.

The event is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Lourdes College and Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Friends of Planet Earth.

Students meet author Marian Wright Edelman

 Students meet Marian Wright Edelman

Education and social work students benefited from a recent installment of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Authors! Authors! Series. Joyce Litten, PhD, Chairperson of the Department of Social Work, and Barbara Walters, Instructor of Education, each traveled with their students to see Marian Wright Edelman speak at the Stranahan Theater.

Students were able to listen to Ms. Edelman's address and then participate in a Q&A session with the author. Lourdes social work students Helen Behrens, Jean Quinn and Diana Whitehead received an added bonus when they were able to personally meet Ms. Edelman.

"Ms. Edelman's speech provided students with the opportunity to hear one of the most highly regarded international child advocates," said Dr. Litten. "She is a tireless activist on behalf of children."

M.O.L. alumni share research on women in leadership

 MOL alumni

Seven graduates of the Master of Organizational Leadership program presented a synthesis of their capstone research at the spring Leadership Principles in Practice conference. The group was mentored by Associate Professor Dr. Pat O'Connell and each alumna conducted her capstone research in the area of women in leadership.