Spring is a season of growth and new beginnings. This has never been more true at Lourdes.

As President of the Lourdes Community, I have witnessed the growth of our institution. Our enrollment continues to grow as does the number of younger students who seek a private education with a traditional university experience.

We are proud to offer our high-caliber education and Franciscan values to our local students and are pleased that so many students from outside the region are choosing Lourdes as well. This spring, Lourdes welcomed Drew Falletta of Pennsylvania and Benji Henderson of Illinois. Drew and Benji are the first students who will be part of the 2010 inaugural Gray Wolves basketball team!

Today, our institution has attracted college students and their parents from 10 states and Canada. As Lourdes continues to welcome more out-of-state students, imagine the positive results our future alumni will have on communities across the nation and abroad?

We pledge to our alumni, students and the entire Lourdes Community to continue expanding our institution while maintaining the Franciscan values and personalized education that have made us a hallmark in the region.

During spring semester, I invite you to return to Lourdes often whether it is for one of our scholarship fundraisers – Luminations and the Hit the Links golf outing – or just for a visit.

Robert C. Helmer, PhD, JD