In addition to a host of annual lectures, events, and activities held throughout Lourdes campus, there were several new announcements and initiatives that took place last fall.

Phase #1 of mid-campus expansion underway

As part of Lourdes University's strategic plan, the institution has accumulated 10 acres over the past 6 years including the former bus property off Brint and McCord Roads. After working with Sylvania city administration to have the planned development approved, Lourdes broke ground on the first phase of its mid-campus expansion in October.

The university has budgeted approximately $2 million for this phase, which will create a park-like setting in the space connecting Lourdes main historic campus with its student housing.

Grounds preparation and Walking Pathway

The grounds of Lourdes' mid-campus will be given a complete overhaul, including new landscaping, fencing, utilities relocation (cable, gas, water, electric, etc.) and most importantly, a paved pathway that will connect the main campus to Lourdes Commons.

Two homes off Convent Boulevard (6725 and 6731) also will be removed to make way for added green space, parking and the walking pathway.

"We are very excited to begin work on making this area a beautiful and useable space for both our Lourdes University students and the greater Sylvania community. Residents already enjoy the park-like atmosphere on Lourdes' main campus and often walk the grounds. The construction of our mid-campus pathway will provide even more walkable green space for those in the area," notes David Livingston, PhD, President.

 Lourdes Mid-Campus 

Theology grad students ordained as ministers

Congratulations to master of theology students Judy Gill, Michael Marcum and Paul Nungester, who were ordained last fall. In September, Michael and Paul were ordained Deacons at Rosary Cathedral and in October, Judy was ordained Deacon in the St Michael Lutheran Church.

"Dr. Geoffrey Grubb and Sr. Shannon Schrein were very important to my journey of faith, which led me to this honor of serving God and others. My faith is deeper and richer due to my time at Lourdes and because of the passion both Dr. Grubb and Sr. Shannon shared for theology and love of God. I will always be thankful for their presence in my life," Judy noted of her Lourdes experience.

Lourdes gets student newspaper, the Vitruvian

Employing their literary talents, a group of Lourdes' students has established the University's first student-run newspaper, The Vitruvian. Under the guidance of Faculty Advisor Noah Roderick, PhD, the group has already produced several editions with works featuring a diverse range of topics including the conflict in Syria, the hunger epidemic, and dissecting the American dream.

Read The Vitruvian online

FYE students craft ornaments for military veterans

In November, students in Professor Karen Roadruck's First Year Experience course took time out of their studies to create ornaments to send to military veterans over the Christmas season.

 Service project with Lourdes University 

Pre-Art Therapy Association helps Josina Lott residents

The student organization Pre-ATA (Pre-Art Therapy Association) helped the residents of Josina Lott create works of art this fall. The activity was part of an ongoing partnership the association has with Josina Lott to encourage residents to express themselves and hone their fine motor skills through art.

Students dress to impress at Lourdes inaugural semiformal

Lourdes students donned their best attire during the University's inaugural semiformal dance. Held in the Franciscan Center, more than 100 students and their guests danced the night away to a DJ and enjoyed casino style games and a photo booth.

 Lourdes University semi-formal