Lourdes' annual celebration of black history month brought together a blend of civil servants, entertainers, and orators.
Deputy Mayor for the City of Toledo Shirley Green, Ph.D.; the Scott High School Concert Choir; the David Carter Symphonic Choir with Director Deborah Carlisle; local poet and artist Annette McClair; the Lourdes University Chorus; and Good Company Ensemble with Director Karen Thornton Biscay, joined winners of the undergraduate and graduate students' speech contest to delight those gathered.
Speech topics included "Malcolm, Martin, Obama – are we still living the dream?", "Trailblazers in black history and how they affect your life," "Inclusion," and "What does it mean to have a black president?" View the winning student speeches on Youtube.
A musical showcase entitled "Just Desserts" delighted audience goers during the coldest winter days in February. Directed by former Lourdes student and Drama Society member Kelly Welever, the production featured selections from several hit Broadway musicals including "Songs for a New World" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
A reception featuring delectable sweets completed each production, and proceeds benefited the student organization.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has named Lourdes University as one of their "Champions of Character" Five Star Institutions for the 2011-2012 academic year. Colleges and universities are measured on character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Additional points are earned through exceptional student-athlete grade point averages, and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), for whom the Lourdes Gray Wolves teams belong, was honored as a Five Star conference along with 11 of the current member schools. To learn the latest Lourdes athletic news, visit Lourdes athletics online.
The newly-created Karen and Michael Biscay Scholarship Fund awarded its first scholarships to freshman biology and pre-med major Taylor Maley and senior biology major Michael Livingston. The two are also auditioned members of the Good Company Ensemble, which is a select ensemble of the Lourdes Chorus. To learn more about these students and the scholarship, visit the Lourdes Music Department.
Student Amanda Larson presented "Jane Elizabeth Digby: A Life Uncommon" at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in spring. The presentation focused on how the Honorable Miss Jane Digby el Mezrab found the support to travel freely throughout Europe and the Middle East in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and live the life of her choosing rather than conform to the standards of society.
Amanda was just one of 25 students selected to give presentations. The cost of attendance for Amanda and Mary Robinson, PhD, Chair of History, was covered by Title III funds.
The Lourdes Arab American Student Association (LAASA) and The University of Toledo Arab Student Union co-hosted an Arabian Night fundraiser. The capacity crowd filled the Franciscan Center and enjoyed delicious Mediterranean cuisine, a fashion show, and cultural dancing. The goal of LAASA is to educate the Lourdes community about the Arabic culture, embrace the diversity of the campus, and maintain cultural identity.
This spring, Lourdes University hosted the Ohio Council on Criminal Justice Education Conference. Presentations from 13 colleges and universities were featured.
Seven Lourdes criminal justice majors gave presentations on a wide variety of subjects including terrorist attacks, surviving active shooter events, perceptions of crime and social media, women in prisons, and the social and economic impact of 9/11. Student presenters included Megan Carter, Antonio Castillo, Heather Hehl, Aaron Henson, Keri Marten, Ashley Paszczykowski and Conor Riehle.
In April, student Therza Cox was the featured guest of broadcaster Larry Whatley on WIMX 95.7's The Urban Beat show. A local poet and artist who has been gaining notoriety in this region, Therza's prose addresses women's issues, racial and religious equality, and many other topics. To read some of her poetry and view videos, search for her on YouTube.
The annual student art exhibition featured stunning and thought-provoking 2D and 3D work. Attendees could also purchase art. Cody Winter received the People's Choice Award for his work "Infinite Space," and was also the Peer Award recipient.
Students also benefited from an art workshop with the 2013 Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak art lecturer Thomas Allen. A well-known artist and illustrator, his photographs of re-imagined pulp novels have appeared in numerous periodicals including Harper's, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. During their studio session, students learned from the artist and then created some of their own Thomas Allen-inspired artwork.