Sylvania Franciscan Village Assists Community Pantries

Have a Heart logoIn winter, the Sylvania Franciscan Village conducted its annual "Have A Heart" drive to aid in restocking area pantries from the busy Christmas season. Students from the Franciscan Academy and Lourdes joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Sylvania Franciscan Health, and Lourdes employees in collecting hygiene items.

Learn more about the Sylvania Franciscan Village and future events.

Campus Ministry Lends a Helping Hand for 17th Year

Nine students aided othersDuring spring break, 4 groups of students traveled to warmer climates not to enjoy the beaches or a vacation, but to aid others. Three teams traveled to Maryville, TN; Pontotoc, MS; and Wilmington, NC as part of the Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Initiative.

A fourth group traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to assist at a local clinic through International Samaritan. Since 1996, Lourdes students have spent their spring breaks building homes for families in more than 2 continents, 7 states, and 14 cities across the US.

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WAVE Festival Brings in Record Number of Artists

W.A.V.E. logoThe 6th annual Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs (WAVE) Festival attracted over 60 talented artisans. Created as a way to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of women throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region, WAVE is a juried indoor exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts.

Proceeds from the event benefited Aurora House, a local charity empowering homeless women and their children to achieve self-sufficiency and independence.

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Autism Spectrum is Feature of Interactive Seminar

Autism Spectrum screen shotIn April, Lourdes University's College of Education & Human Services hosted an interactive seminar titled "Autism Spectrum: Schools, Home and Beyond." The event drew several social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors who earned up to 3 Ohio CEUs.

Attendees benefited from the interactive dialogue, practical techniques for supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, and presentations by experts. Proceeds benefited the college's student scholarship fund.

Power of the Pen Gives Area Students a Voice

Power of the PenMaster of Education student Anna Marie Adamson has dedicated 16 years to assisting with the Power of the Pen program. As a 7th grade language arts and religion teacher at St. Joseph Sylvania School, Anna believes in the competition's mission to allow young people the opportunity to develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own.

She first became involved when her oldest daughter was in junior high. Lourdes is proud to have hosted this event for the last few years. In 2013, 200 students from 33 schools in 17 Ohio cities were involved. Learn more about the program.

Lourdes Hosts Kappa Gamma Pi National Conference

Kappa Gamma Pi logoIn June, hundreds congregated at Lourdes for the 41st biennial Kappa Gamma Pi national conference. The National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society was founded in June 1926 in Louisville, KY, by the Conference of Catholic Colleges for Women of the National Catholic Educational Association.

The three national service projects that Kappa Gamma Pi works to achieve are improving literacy, alleviating world hunger, and earth renewal. Learn more about the Toledo Chapter.

Restorative Justice Conference Draws International Crowd

Restorative Justice Art Contest WinnersAlso in June, the Fourth National Restorative Justice Conference brought in nearly 300 leading academics, practitioners, and professionals in the fields of criminal justice, social work, and sociology to discuss restorative justice initiatives.

Over 30 states and 3 countries outside of the US were represented. A youth component offered attendees the opportunity to create a mural during the conference. A national art contest allowed students of all ages a chance to share and depict what justice means to them.

The theme of the conference was "Keepin' It Real – Race & Restorative Justice," and was sponsored by Lourdes and The University of Toledo. Read the latest information on the National Restorative Justice initiative.

Higher Education Contest Winner
First Place – Higher Education: "Justice" by David Lee

K–8 Contest Winner
First Place – K to 8th Grade: "Old Man Eyes" by Reagan Shull

Sylvania Franciscan Village Hosts Wellness Fair

Three ladies enjoying the Wellness FairThe Sylvania Franciscan Village (SFV) sponsored "Well, Wise, Whole – A Wellness Fair" during spring semester. The free event inspired visitors to explore topics related to social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and environmental wellness through a variety of interactive displays, vendors, and games.

Participants interacted with animals from the Toledo Zoo, met therapy dogs, made Japanese paper cranes, learned how to compost, received holistic health coaching, tried yoga, and explored the benefits of rain gardens.

Find more information on future SFV events online.
Wellness Fair table