Did You Know...

-Lourdes was founded in 1958 and known as Lourdes Junior College until 1973 when the title dropped 'Junior' and was known as Lourdes College until 2011 when it transitioned to Lourdes University.

-Lourdes for Life is an initiative established to encourage students to develop a lifelong relationship with Lourdes by educating the student body about Lourdes' history and tradition and the benefits of remaining connected to the institution beyond graduation.

-There are 12 Men's and Women's sports teams and competitive Cheer and Dance on campus.

-2,621 students enrolled in classes for the 2013-2014 school year.

-Sister Gretchen makes 80 pies, 350 dozen cookies, 100 loaves of coffee cake, 210 fruitcakes, 700 dipped marshmellows and much more for her annual Holiday Bakesale.

-This year 30 students, faculty and staff have joined Habitat for Humanity and will be travelling to Maryville, TN and Prattvill, AL.

-The Sisters of St. Francis is a community of nearly 200 Sisters, ministering in 12 states – Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia – and Haiti.


Green Fund Awards
Three proposals were awarded Green Fund grants for 2015. The Canticle Center and St. Francis Hall will have motion light sensors installed. Low-flush toilets and urinals will be installed in the bathrooms in Ebeid Hall and a Print Management System will help reduce paper use and copying at Lourdes University. Lourdes MBA students developed these proposals.  Last year, 5 drinking fountains were retrofitted as water filling stations, outdoor lighting was replaced with LED light bulbs and a rain garden was created to filter the rain water. Read more here... 
Sisters' General Assembly
Each year in late June all of the Sisters are welcomed home and return to the Motherhouse to recharge their batteries, renew friendships, and make plans for the future of the Congregation. This year's gathering was called, "Shaping the Future of Our Legacy. The Sisters spent three days praying, discussing, and planning their lives, mission, and ministries. The 2015 General Assembly was a time for the Sisters to gather and prepare for next year's Chapter of Affairs where they will determine their direction for the next four years and elect the 2016-2020 Leadership Team. The Assembly came to an end on June 26 with Mass in the Queen of Peace Chapel. Read more here... 
Lourdes Announces New Recreation Center
Lourdes University President David J. Livingston, Ph.D., and Board of Trustees Chair Ernest C. Enrique recently announced phase two of the mid-campus expansion project - the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for September 2015 with a dedication to take place in summer 2016. The nearly 49,000 square foot building is being designed by Stough & Stough Architects / Miller Diversified Construction with an eye toward future expansion. Read more here... 
New Additions to Rosary Care Staff
 Iva Jean Kristek is the new Activities Director for Rosary Care Center. Formerly at Franciscan Care Center, Iva Jean Kristek brings energy and new ideas to her efforts to stimulate and entertain the residents. And she loves to take pictures! Also new at Rosary Care Center is Lauren Jamison, the Receptionist.  Lauren is very excited about working at Rosary Care and looks forward to getting to know everyone. See pictures here. 
Karl Rahner Lecture was "Out of This World!"
Fr. Thomas O'Meara, O.P was the guest lecturer for this year's Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Fr. Jim Bacik. Fr. O'Meara's topic was Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation," the title of his most recent book. Over 200 people attended. "If we have learned anything from recent advances in cosmology and astronomy," says Fr. O'Meara, "it is that we have only barely begun to comprehend the vastness of our universe and all that it contains. For Christians, this raises some fascinating questions."