The Workforce Investment Board honored Lourdes College for its dedication and service to Lucas County. The College was recognized as a great resource for lifelong learning credit awarded to students and was specifically noted for its one-stop employment system.
Olga Christina Boone, a good friend of Lourdes College, celebrated her 100th birthday this past September. In recognition of this milestone, Olga will dance with President Robert Helmer, PhD at the College's Luminations fundraiser in April.
Debbie Schwartz, PhD, Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment, secured a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Learning Network with the assistance of Stephen Ball, PhD, Director of the Master of Organizational Leadership program.
As part of the grant, 10 faculty including Drs. Ball and Schwartz attended a LiveText conference this fall at Eastern Michigan University. Representing the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Professional Studies were Dariel Jacobs, PhD; Paul Longenecker, PhD; Sr. Jaculin Manders, OSF; Laura Ott; Jennifer Sader, PhD; Robert Weprin; Mark MacDowell and Mary Stockwell, PhD.
The LiveText program is available to Lourdes students and faculty. Currently, a portfolio assessment program and templates are being developed for faculty use to assist with assessment of student work.
Mother Adelaide Sandusky, Foundress of Lourdes College, was one of 22 finalists honored at a fundraiser for the Toledo Civic Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established in the 1990s to pay tribute to Toledo's most accomplished civic leaders.
In fall, a delegation of Hungarian students and teachers toured Lourdes as part of the Great Lakes Consortium. During the summer, two graduate school faculty members – Dariel Jacobs, PhD and Paul Longenecker, PhD – traveled to Europe in the Consortium's American Summer Institute.
The international guests explored the Life Lab, learned about autumn in Ohio, viewed a Theater Vision arts education program, met fellow Lourdes students, lunched at Café Lourdes and toured the grounds.
Through an Ohio Campus Compact Voter Engagement grant, Lourdes launched a Get Out & Vote campaign to encourage students to get involved in the political process. During the campaign, which culminated in an election results party, students were offered a voter registration booth sponsored by the Student Government Association and a rally with debates by local Democratic and Republican representatives.
The Lourdes Life Lab was honored by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for its "Four-Season Natural Science Explorations...Ohio Bio-Region" program. To receive Ohio EPA recognition, a project must meet or exceed expectations for excellence and effectiveness in environmental education.
The EPA acknowledged the Life Lab's program exceeded their expectations and acknowledged Lourdes' initiative for achieving remarkable outcomes through such programming.
Two community outreach programs at Lourdes are celebrating anniversaries in 2008-2009. The Lourdes College Life Lab kicked off its 20th anniversary in January. A biological laboratory for broad-based hands-on natural science education, the Life Lab offers life-cycle education to students in grades K-8 as well as science camps during the summer.
The Theater Vision arts education program will celebrate its 25th anniversary in fall 2009. Theater Vision brings professional theatrical companies to the Franciscan Center to perform a wide variety of shows for school-age audiences.
In October, the Lourdes College Department of Music kicked off its 25th season of choral programs. The chorus is a public singing group that performs a wide variety of choral music from the current to the classics.