Eight Lourdes College staff members finished a nine-month program that focused on building leadership skills and connecting future leaders. Staff members joined local professionals and participated in monthly presentations and visited various landmarks in Sylvania.
The first annual Leadership Sylvania program was sponsored by the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. Staff members included Kelly Bishop, Admissions Transfer Counselor; Heather Hoffman, Media Coordinator; Erin King, Assistant Director of Admissions; Todd Matthews, Assistant Director of Financial Aid; Michelle Rable, Registrar; Robin Riley-Casey, Advisor/Owens Recruiter and Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services; Brigette Sadowski, Director of Finance; and Rebecca Tobias, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Recreation.
First Book-Lourdes College partnered with Cheerios® for its annual Spoonfuls of Stories® children's book contest. The contest invited unpublished authors to submit original children's book manuscripts to Cheerios® for a chance to have their stories published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Members serve on a judging panel for the contest and review all entries based on emotional connection, writing quality, uniqueness and read-out-loud potential.
Officers from the Sylvania Police Division Office of Community Affairs provided an in-service training session at Lourdes. Training focused on informing faculty and staff members about current trends in campus safety and provided emergency response information.
Topics discussed included emergency communications, crisis intervention, threat assessment and "active shooter" procedures. In addition to a classroom presentation, faculty and staff had the opportunity to participate in role playing scenarios.
In a recent report conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NTCQ), Lourdes College was one of ten colleges and universities nationwide whose elementary education program scored a passing grade.
NTCQ's report, No Common Denominator: the Preparation of Elementary Teachers in Mathematics by America's Education Schools, examined 77 elementary education programs in 49 states. The top 10 programs were examined for relevance, breadth and depth.
The NTCQ advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers nationwide.
The Princeton Review, nationally known for its test preparation and admissions services, has named Lourdes College among the 2008 Best Colleges in the Midwest for the fifth consecutive year. Lourdes is only one of 25 Ohio institutions chosen to receive this honor.
Colleges and universities within the states of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin comprise the midwest region. A total of 159 colleges in the Midwest were selected. The criteria that Princeton Review uses to rank institutions is based on academic excellence and feedback from current students.
Lourdes College students, alumni, faculty and staff sported their new Lourdes gear and turned out for the annual Night at the Mud Hens in August. Fans enjoyed an All-American buffet, watched the Toledo Mud Hens take on the Richmond Braves from the best seats in the house ("The Nest") and enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show after the game.