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.

-Named a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review for 12 consecutive years (2005-2016).

-This year, Lourdes University was titled one of the most affordable small colleges for human resources programs by National Center for Education Statistics (2016)

-31 states, Puerto Rico and 10 countries are home to Lourdes students

-23,620 community service hours are provided by students each academic year

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

-The Green Fund initiated the installation of water filter drinking stations around campus, saving over 55,000 water bottles.
-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.
-Rosary Care Center and Our Lady of Grace provides services in a vibrant setting where residents continue to be involved and contribute to their community.

-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.





Our Beautiful Campus
Recently, Lourdes University and the Sisters offered a panel discussion recognizing the sisters for their artistic contributions. The depth and richness of their talent, both past and present is seen all over this campus from Sr. Jane Mary's murals to Sr. Ruth Marie's San Damiano cross. Each sister and those who came before her, bring a unique gift. If you haven't walked the campus lately, spring is a perfect time to appreciate the beauty that is here. - Sr. Janet Doyle 
Over 53,000 Water Bottles Eliminated!
Several years ago, a student-led Green Fund project was approved to convert five drinking fountains into water filter stations providing cold filtered water to refill reusable water bottles.  Following this model, the Sisters also converted the fountain near Queen of Peace Chapel and added three new stations in Umbria Hall, Regina Hall, and Rosary Care Center. To date, 53,100 plastic water bottles have been eliminated by using these stations. 
Mats for the Homeless Update
In the six months since Sr. Ann Francis suggested we collect used grocery bags and crochet them into sleeping mats for the homeless, we have collected over 6000 bags and have five completed mats! These will be given to Campus Ministry to be handed out as needed through their Labre outreach effort. 
New Gift Shop in Rosary Care Center
All Good Things has opened a second shop in the lobby of Rosary Care Center.  Residents and their guests can shop for a wide variety of items from rosaries to books, prayer pillows, an assortment of Holy Aroma soaps, note cards, greeting cards, adult coloring books, and Sr. Karen Zielinski's Care Notes and Prayer Notes published by Abbey Press. Read more and see pictures here. 
Restock Drive a Success!
This year's Restock Drive was a huge success!  St. Joseph School, Sylvania Schools, and several local businesses participated. Over 3300 rolls of toilet paper were collected proving that the Sylvania Franciscan Village can "spare a square"!!  Many boxes with other hygiene items were also distributed to local outreach centers. See pictures here. 
Coming Together in 2016
2016 is off to a good start!  More and more students are finding their way to Rosary Care Center to interact with the residents.  Community partners are joining the Restock Drive for hygiene items.  Sisters at Our Lady of Grace and Maria Hall are helping to turn grocery bags into mats for the homeless and faculty are exploring ways to enrich their classes by reaching out to the sisters and residents on campus.   We call it "villaging!" - Sr. Janet Doyle 
Mats for the Homeless
Sr. Ann Francis initiated this unique project.  She had heard of groups who were crocheting used plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless and thought it would be a great project for our campus.  We met with a student from Campus Ministry and the Youth Director at St. Joseph's Parish and both were excited about the project.  Since then, we have collected thousands of bags and the students, sisters and residents are turning them into "plarn" (plastic yarn).  We had nine women attend a crochet class and they are now working on mats.  To date, we have completed one mat!  It takes over 800 bags for one mat.  The mats will be distributed by Sr. Barb Vano and Campus Ministry as they go each Wednesday to provide food for the homeless. See pictures here. 
Recreation Center Taking Shape
Construction of The Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center is moving rapidly. The $6.5 million facility was designed by Stough and Stough Architects and will be nearly 49,000 square feet. The facility also will feature home and visiting locker rooms, a training room, a ticket office, a concession area, a two-story atrium with a mezzanine level, offices for coaches, and classrooms. It is very exciting to think students and Gray Wolves teams will be utilizing the fitness center and hosting teams in this center starting in the fall. See pictures here.
Students Get Involved at Rosary Care Center
It started with a wheelchair walk for the residents.  The students from one of the First Year Experience classes helped with the walk so the residents could see the new Mid Campus.  This led to one student, a lacrosse player, recruiting his teammates to volunteer, play games, converse and assist with the residents. Other students have followed, helping in various ways.  Faculty, also, look for ways to engage their students with the sisters and residents.  One Social Work class is looking to help residents write their life stories. 
SFV Commemorates Martin Luther King
Led by Lourdes University Coordinator of Multicultural Services, Tonya Colbert, students, faculty, sisters and staff gathered in Café Lourdes to remember Martin Luther King and his dream of peace, unity and justice.  A video of his speech was shown and prayers were offered.  The highlight of the gathering was presentations by two of Lourdes students reflecting on the dream they have for their future and the future of our country.  Their talks were articulate, heart-felt and honest. They reflected a thoughtfulness and knowledge of our present reality and a hope for a better tomorrow. Read their speeches here.