Life Lab summer science camp engages students from 37 area schools

Science campSince 1989, the Lourdes College Life Lab has been hosting summer science camps to sold out groups of students in grades 5-10. This year's camp, Pollinators, Plants and Paleontology, entertained more than 80 students from 37 area schools.

Campers took a nature scavenger hunt, tie-dyed T-shirts, collected invertebrates and vertebrates at Ten Mile Creek, made a toad house, searched for fossils at Fossil Park, learned about butterfly and moth life cycles, made "caterpillar condos," and attended a session on sustainable agriculture.

"Our goal is to offer as many students as possible the chance to attend the Lourdes Life Lab's Summer Science Camp," offers Sr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF, Director. "Through the continued support of organizations such as The Christ Child Society of Toledo, underserved students from our local area are given the opportunity to experience nature in new and unique ways they have never had before."

Camp Instructors included elementary teachers, Patrick Ison from Rosary Cathedral School and Dawn Landrus from Star Academy; Linda Penn, Life Lab Program Coordinator; Marge Malinowski, Life Lab Animal Care Specialist; Sr. Jeremias Stinson, OSF, Director of the Polyhouse; and Sandy Gratop, Oleander Park System Naturalist along with two Lourdes Education majors, Cassie Kieffer and Brian Wolfe.

Social Work student assists Toledo with PIT count

PIt countIn July, Chair of the Department of Social Work Joyce Litten, EdD and Social Work student Connie Brooks assisted with Toledo's Point-In-Time (PIT) count. Connie served as the Lourdes College Volunteer Coordinator for the one-day event. Several faculty, staff and fellow students joined Connie and played an integral role in establishing this important count.

The Toledo Lucas County Homeless Board is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to obtain a count of the number of unsheltered and sheltered homeless persons or families in the Toledo area. The PIT count is a one-day count of these citizens that meets the required methodology.

Through a PIT count, communities are able to make funding recommendations to elected officials, determine the size and scope of homelessness at the local level, track local trends of homeless population, plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs and measure progress in addressing homelessness.

For further information on the PIT count and other social work initiatives, contact Dr. Litten at 419-824-3708.

Lourdes community gathers for Ice Cream Socials

 Ice cream social

Students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered in July for two Ice Cream Socials sponsored by Campus Ministry. "We host several Ice Cream Socials each year to celebrate the good works of Saint Francis and our Sylvania Franciscan heritage," notes Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry.

"In the early days of the community, the Sisters gathered in the summer always looking for reasons to celebrate. July 16th was the anniversary of Mother Adelaide's first vows and that became a focus for coming together. We continue that tradition in this ice cream social. The weather cooperated and we were able to gather on the hill overlooking the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes," she says.

Those gathered enjoyed good conversation, great ice cream and a variety of games. A visit from Lucky, a trilobite, provided educational entertainment for the children.

Lourdes named a Veteran-Friendly School

yellow ribbonThe G.I. Jobs magazine named Lourdes College one of the top Military-Friendly Schools in the nation. This distinction was based on the programs available to veterans, active military personnel and their spouses and dependents.

As a Military-Friendly School, Lourdes offers veterans, military personnel and their dependents the perfect place to pursue their educational goals with the assistance of current and newly established programs.

The Yellow Ribbon program offers qualified post 9/11 veterans free tuition and general fees. The program is available to new and continuing Lourdes students.

Military personnel and veterans have a variety of other opportunities including the Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill for active duty, Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill for selected reserve and Ohio National Guard personnel, Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse Educational Assistance program.

Night at the Mud Hens a homerun

Toledo Mud HensThe College's annual Night at the Mud Hens offered a double-header of excitement with a pre-game picnic, Lourdes festivities at the game and of course, the Mud Hens taking on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Fifth Third Field.

President Bob Helmer and his wife Linda hosted the picnic on the Lourdes grounds. Many alumni, students, staff and faculty gathered for the festivities. Dr. Helmer threw the first pitch and Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, PhD, Chair of the Master of Theology program, sang the national anthem. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited student scholarships.