At the annual Great Lakes Consortium (GLC) Recognition Luncheon, Lourdes College was recognized for its 10 years of service. Receiving the award on behalf of Lourdes were Mary Arquette, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and Sr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF, Director of the Life Lab.
The GLC was founded in 1999 to initiate, seek support for and coordinate international training and development efforts in the world community. To that end, the organization has developed a cooperative network of partner organizations, institutions and individuals who have an interest in and the capacity for international development and training.
For more information on the partnership with Lourdes College, contact Mary Arquette at 419-824-3969.
Over the winter break, several TRiO students were busy creating blue and white scarves to send to the Special Olympics. A total of 16 scarves were shipped to the World Winter Games and presented to Olympians who competed.
TRiO is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that identifies promising students and prepares them for college level work.
In spring semester, students from 10 area high schools took advantage of a program that offered college courses at an 83% reduced tuition rate. "The benefit of the High School Scholars Program was that students did not have to travel off-site or worry about scheduling in order to take college courses," offered Dr. Robyn Gandy, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
"The students were able to earn college credit during normal high school hours which was an added benefit to those students who work or are involved in extracurricular activities and athletics."
The high schools that participated in the program were Cardinal Stritch, Central Catholic, Emmanuel Christian, Fremont St. Joseph, Lima Central Catholic, Notre Dame Academy, Springfield, St. Francis de Sales, Sylvania Northview and Sylvania Southview.
The 2nd Annual WAVE Festival once again raised dollars for Women Blessing Women in March. The organization empowers women living in poverty to achieve success, gain confidence and obtain living-wage jobs.
The festival offered various fine arts and crafts for sale as well as an indoor art exhibit. Entertainment was provided by Kyle White, Spectrum, the Aegela Dance Company, Root Cellar String Band, poets Lady T and Ophelia Thompson and Hemline Theory.
More than $3,000 in new books were donated to northwest Ohio schools and literacy programs through the First Book–Lourdes College organization. Programs benefiting this year included Crissey Elementary, East Toledo Family Center Tutoring, Learners for Life, Northcoast Fatherhood Initiative and Queen of Apostles School. Over 2,500 books overall were donated.
In March, high school students experienced college life at Lourdes during Shadow Week. Students attended classes, shared meals with Lourdes students, met with admissions representatives and toured the campus.
Shadow Week was so successful that the College has decided to offer it again in the fall.
Other programs this spring included an FBI Night and Discovery Days. FBI Night informed prospective students about a career with the FBI. Faculty members from the Criminal Justice Department were on hand to answer questions and speak with those interested in applying to Lourdes College.
During Discovery Days, students interested in Lourdes toured the College, met current students, faculty and financial aid representatives and completed the admissions process for free.
The Lourdes College Master of Science in Nursing program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for the next five years, the maximum number of years that can be given for accreditation.
Janet Robinson, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, reported that all standards were met and no deficiencies were found. For information about the M.S.N. program, contact Keith Ramsdell in the Graduate School at email@example.com or 419-517-8881.
For the second year, the Gray Wolves 5K Run/Walk was held in May to raise dollars for the Dr. Robert Turek Endowed Student Scholarship. For a scholarship to be endowed, $10,000 needs to be raised in a three year period. Since its inception in 2008, the scholarship fund has raised $7,300.
The scholarship is named after the former Vice President for Student Services who retired last year. For more information on the scholarship, contact Becky Tobias in the Student Activities & Recreation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-517-8946.