Meet Lourdes' newest Board of Trustees Members

To coincide with the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year, Interim President Janet Robinson, PhD announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. Joan Bayer, Sr. Carolyn Giera, OFS, Bruce Klinger and Barbara Steele all began their terms on the Board on July 1, 2012.

Joan BayerJoan Bayer

Profession: Founder & CEO of Concept Rehab Inc.

Community Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Leadership Toledo, the Lucas County Prosecutors Victims Forum, Maumee Valley Country Day School, The University of Toledo’s advisory council for the College of Health & Human Services, United Way Women’s Initiative, the Valentine Theatre Gala, Y.P.O/W.P.O.

Why I love Lourdes: “Lourdes has stayed true to its mission of serving students who are most in need of a caring, personalized atmosphere in order to succeed academically. The programs that Lourdes has invested in such as Organizational Leadership and Nurse Anesthesia are perfect examples of the institution’s commitment to providing a holistic, values-centered education.”


GieraSr. Carolyn Giera, O.S.F.

Profession: Member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Transitions Coordinator Community Involvement: Bethany House, Catholic Diocese of Toledo Global Mission, Hurricane Katrina Volunteer, Women Blessing Women

Why I love Lourdes: “I am a graduate of Lourdes Junior College and have followed and been involved in its development through the years. I have been blessed by and have grown up with Lourdes! The Lourdes mission and values are in my very bones!”



KlingerBruce Klinger (‘08, M.O.L.)

Profession: General Agent with MassMutual Financial Group of NW Ohio.

Community Involvement: Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation, Lourdes University Alumni Association






SteeleBarbara Steele

Profession: President – Acute Care, ProMedica

Community Involvement: Maumee Valley Girl Scouts, Partners in Education, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program and area women’s shelters. Additionally, the Toledo Cultural Arts Center, Toledo Opera, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Zoo.

Why I love Lourdes: “I love Lourdes because the faculty & administration always put the success of students as their number one priority!”

View the complete Lourdes University Board of Trustees list here.

Lourdes' Upward Bound receives 100% funding

Upward BoundLast summer, more than 50 students from Waite and Woodward High Schools called Lourdes University home, as they participated in the institution’s Upward Bound program. Lourdes was notified last spring that the U.S. Department of Education had granted100% of the $250,000 funding requested in support of the institution’s program.

Lourdes’ Upward Bound program is designed to support and develop the skills and motivation necessary for participants to persist in completing a rigorous program of secondary education and to enter and successfully complete a program of post-secondary education.

Participating students receive 6 weeks of intensive on-campus academic instruction in the areas of career counseling, computer technology, English, financial literacy, science, math and Spanish as well as OGT and ACT preparation.

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Community writing, art featured in 2012 Tau

TauFor many years, The Tau has been celebrating the creativity and imagination of those in the Lourdes Community. With its beginnings rooted in the time of Lourdes Junior College, the journal initially highlighted the Sisters of St. Francis as they wrote to express their love of nature and the world around them in the form of poetry and prose.

Their beautiful works were collected and printed in a volume that eventually became known as The Tau.

As Lourdes has grown, so too has The Tau. In 2010, editors expanded the scope of its content by opening up submissions to visual artists as well as those outside of the institution.

Download the 2012 edition, published last June, which features more than 60 pages of original poetry, writing and artwork, created by members of the Lourdes Community, local high school students and creators throughout the world.

Science and Nursing get new academic spaces

This fall, two new academic support centers opened on campus: The Center for Science Education & the Environment and the Center for Nursing Scholarship.

CSSECenter for Science Education & the Environment

Co-directed by the College of Education & Human Services and the College of Arts & Sciences and built on the strong legacy of the Life Lab, Lourdes’ Center for Science Education and the Environment (CSEE) serves as a new resource for students and the community. Located in the former Life Lab area of St. Agnes Hall, the Center features: 

  • A science lab
  • New field equipment 
  • Six computer workstations

Though the new additions have certainly altered the space, the CSEE will continue to include some of the Life Lab’s most popular attributes such as its summer science camps, salt water aquariums, Monarch Waystation and outdoor Certified Wildlife Habitat™. 

Visit the CSEE online and view a list of upcoming community outreach opportunities.

CNSCenter for Nursing Scholarship

Created through a Health Resources & Services Administration grant, the Center for Nursing Scholarship (CNS) supports scholarly activities of nursing students and faculty, fostering an environment conducive to research efforts, including capstone projects and evidence-based initiatives.

Located above the Duns Scotus Library in St. Clare Hall, the CNS is equipped with: 

  • An iMac 
  • Four laptops 
  • Group conference room with a computer and wall-mounted monitor 
  • Seven computer stations 
  • Smart Podium with wall-mounted monitor

Visit the CNS website for more information about the events, activities and resources available through the Center for Nursing Scholarship.

Grow & Learn partnership focuses on little scientists

Imagination StationLourdes University faculty and Department of Education students are getting a jump start on developing the next generation of scientists in a new educational partnership with Imagination Station. Through the Grow & Learn partnership, Lourdes is helping Imagination Station expand their Pre-K offerings by hosting Little Scientist workshops and assisting with Little Scientists Week.

“Like Lourdes, Imagination Station is one of our region’s treasures,” notes Christine Knaggs, PhD, Education Instructor. “It’s a fun space for all ages, and more importantly, it promotes a love of learning using an interactive environment! At Lourdes, we try to do this as well, so naturally this partnership is a great fit for our institution.”

Little Scientists Workshops

Lourdes will sponsor the content and delivery of a series of nine unique workshops in the Imagination Station’s Little KidSpace Science Studio.

A portion of the workshops will correspond with Imagination Station's current traveling exhibition, “Sesame Street Presents: The Body,” an interactive exhibition teaching kids how their bodies work. Past workshops featured topics on insects, food and dinosaurs, with remaining workshops as follows:

Seasons – November 1 & 3
Weather Wonders – November 8 & 10
Your 5 Senses – November 29 & December 1
Actions & Motions (Friction & Inertia) – December 6 & 8
I Can Do It! (Fine Motor Skills) – December 13 & 15

Little Scientists Week: November 13 – 18

As part of Imagination Station’s 2012 Little Scientists Week, Lourdes faculty and Department of Education students will develop and facilitate three to four activities focused specifically on health and the body aimed at children ages 2-6 and their parents. These activities will compliment other exhibitions and demonstrations being offered throughout the week.

Imagination Station

“Young children are active learners who engage in science every day as they observe, wonder, experiment and talk about their findings,” explains Amy Buckey, Imagination Station Educational Partnerships Officer. “Our partnership with Lourdes University has helped to enhance our Pre-K programming so that these young learners can truly delve into the world of science and get excited about learning.”

Learn more about Imagination Station online.