Record-breaking gifts

Lourdes celebrated two milestones during the fall semester – the first ever million dollar gifts from an individual and an organization.

The ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Memorial Fund donated $1 million over a 10 year period towards the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund for the Lourdes Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program. Funds will be allocated to student scholarships, continuing education in the field of anesthesia, staff development, direct support for the program and the creation of a lecture series.

Elmer I. McKesson, MD, was a consulting anesthesiologist at Flower Hospital until his death in 1935 and was known throughout the world as a scientist, physician, educator and inventor. The McKesson Memorial Fund was established for the perpetual research, education and study of anesthesia.

During the annual State of the University Address, President Bob Helmer, PhD, announced the institution's first individual million dollar gift given by friend and Board of Trustees member Russell J. Ebeid.

"We are so thankful to Russ for his support of Lourdes," offered Dr. Helmer. "Our students have already benefitted greatly from the Ebeid Student Center named in his honor and now will further benefit from the services and activities offered in Lourdes' new athletic center."

Art Department participates in Holiday Arts Trail

artThe third annual Sylvania Community Arts Commission's Holiday Arts Trail featured the Lourdes University Art Department. Work done by students and Associate Professor of Art Todd Matteson was on display. Demonstrations of printmaking, painting, glass bead making and jewelry were created while dozens of holiday trekkers walked the trail. One of Professor Matteson's works – "Pakshimoki, West" – was raffled off to a lucky recipient.

Art students are currently preparing works for the Student Art Exhibit that will run from April 21 through May 6 at Ulrich Commons in McAlear Hall.

Top awards received

Lourdes University once again received high praise from The Princeton Review and GI Jobs magazine. The Princeton Review, nationally known for its test preparation and admissions services, named Lourdes one of its 2012 Best Colleges in the Midwest for the eighth consecutive year. The selection was based on reviews and feedback from Lourdes students.

For the third consecutive year, Lourdes was also named among the list of Military Friendly Schools by GI Jobs magazine, the premier publication for military transitioners. According to GI Jobs, Lourdes ranked "in the top 15% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide."

As a Military Friendly campus, Lourdes participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and offers a Veterans Center and several scholarships for servicemen and women.

Santa visits the Life Lab

 Santa at Life Lab

In December, Santa read his poem about Yanny Yak getting tangled up in Christmas lights to more than 300 children and their family members when he, Mrs. Claus and 2 elves attended the Life Lab's program Laugh and Learn with Santa and the Animals.

Lourdes University graduates, work study students and student workers from summer science camps turned out to assist the kids and helped them work on several crafts. Also joining the festivities were Olander Park Naturalist Sandy Gratop and Christ Child Society members.

Each family received a CD of Christmas songs written by Linda Penn, Life Lab Curriculum Coordinator and performed by well-known local singer and guitarist Kerry Clark along with a bag of reindeer food filled with oats and glitter. Students were encouraged to place the reindeer food on their lawns to help Santa find his way to their homes.

Grand opening celebration offers book signing

 Bookstore ribbon cutting

The Lourdes University bookstore held its grand opening celebration in November and offered individuals the opportunity to have co-author Patrice McClellan, EdD, sign copies of her stories. Director of the Lourdes University Master of Organizational Leadership degree program, Dr. McClellan co-authored the book with Judy Alston.

The book analyzes the transformational leadership, servant leadership and social justice leadership found in the lives of Fannie Lou Hamer, Septima Clark, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan and Audre Lord.

The book store is located at 4900 N. McCord Road in the Sylvan Plaza. Light refreshments were served at the celebration and a raffle brought a bicycle and a $50 book store gift card to two lucky winners. For the latest offerings and Lourdes University gear, call 419-824-3694.

Music Department entertains year round

Each year, the Music Department and Chair Karen Thornton Biscay offer programming to delight audiences.

The Lourdes Christmas concert featured Karen, Music Instructor Olga Topuzova-Meade, the Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio and the Maumee Community Band. In February, the Black History Month Celebration featured community dignitaries, the Lourdes Choirs and guest choirs.

The upcoming Spring Choral Concert at the Franciscan Center on Sunday, May 6, will focus on "Choral Classics and Broadway's Best" and is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Music Department, contact Karen at 419-824-3772.

Lourdes commercial brings home silver

Lourdes University took home a Silver Award for the "Discover Lourdes" TV commercial spot at the 2011 Pride of CASE V program. The Pride of CASE V awards program honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievements in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications.

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association of education advancement officers. CASE District V includes members and institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.