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-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.

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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." 
 
Sandy Hook Event
Nicole Hoffman and Mark Barden, two parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook shooting were on campus recently to discuss ways to reduce violence in schools. Over 180 practitioners: law enforcement, social workers, educators and counselors attended a luncheon conference that addressed early detection of mental health concerns in young students, behaviors that promote mental wellness as well as things schools can do for greater safety. Nearly 300 community members attended an evening panel with Nicole and Mark. 
 
Rosary Care Center Tops State Survey
Rosary Care Center, the 76-bed, 24-hour skilled nursing home on our campus, sponsored by the Sisters did something very few nursing homes do. It came out of the recently-completed Ohio Department of Health annual survey with a perfect score-zero defects. Jason Phillips, the Rosary Care Center administrator, said this is the first time in his 10 years of nursing home administration he has been associated with a facility that scored zero defects. 
 
100,000 Meals Outreach Program for NW Ohio
Lourdes University teamed up with Toledo Area Ministries (TAM) and the Toledo Lucas County Hunger Task Force to help those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Lourdes hosted the food donation program on campus in the gymnasium connected to the Franciscan Center, where volunteers joined together to help out for the good cause. The volunteers worked in two-hour shifts and were able to package a total of 60,000 meals. The meals were sealed and packaged up in boxes and distributed by Seagate Food Bank to its member agencies in NW Ohio.  
 
Sylvania Franciscan Sister Honored
Sylvania Franciscan Sister Mary Jo Mike, principal of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary School in Biloxi, Mississippi, was recently named to receive the 2015 Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (N.C.E.A.) for her dedication and commitment to excellence. Sister Mary Jo has been the Principal at Nativity Elementary in Biloxi for 23 years. Colleen Kavanagh, a 6th grade teacher at Nativity Elementary, says, "She would do anything in the world for any of us. We all feel like she's a big part of our family." 
 
Lourdes Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break
The Lourdes Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break experience provides students with an opportunity to serve the greater community. The weeklong experience, together with any fundraising and preparations that lead up to the trip, offers participants an opportunity to work together as a team and to develop personal leadership skills. This year 26 students and 4 University employees traveled to work for Habitat for Humanity in Morgantown, West Virginia and Mobile, Alabama. 
 
Restock Drive Exceeds Goal!
The Sylvania Franciscan Village Restock Drive was a huge success!
We exceeded our goal with more than 2,600 rolls of toilet paper and many other hygiene items! Thank you to everyone who donated and to all of the volunteers, and community partners who helped to make this drive possible. We already look forward to the Restock Drive next year and hope we continue to surpass our goal!
 
 
Good To The Core
Bellville St. Joseph Hospital in Bellville, Texas hosted a lunch and learn in January with Sr. Penny Dunn, VP of Mission Integration of the St. Joseph Health System as their speaker. The topic was "Good to the Core." Sr. Penny understands the mission of the Sisters can only move forward when lay employees embrace and integrate that mission. The mission and values of St. Joseph Healthcare System are an extension of the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis. Sr. Penny shared this message with the staff at Bellville: "We can only live the values of our organization when we are people of integrity. When we are good to the core, we do not allow our personal core values to drift away: humility, honesty, and forgiveness, just to name a few." 
 
Lourdes University and Sylvania Schools Share Athletic Fields
Lourdes University, Sylvania Schools and the Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation have announced plans for shared athletic fields at Northview High School benefiting both schools' athletic programs. The Northview Wildcats and Lourdes Gray Wolves teams will practice and play on a newly renovated turf field, installed at CAT Stadium, by August 2015, just in time for football, lacrosse, and soccer events. The $2.6 million project, which also includes a softball field, will be funded primarily through private donations. Read More Here... 
 
Dedication Ceremony for Canticle Center
The Canticle Center on Silica Drive now houses  state-of-the-art classrooms, art and music studios, and graduate school offices for Lourdes University and additional space for the Sophia Counseling Center. The Canticle Center is comprised of four wings with the art department housed in the west; classrooms in the south; the music department, staff lounge and the Sophia Center in the east; and the gymnasium in the north wing. The center was dedicated on February 27th. Following the dedication ceremony, attendees enjoyed a wine and cheese reception along with a tour of displays and demonstrations by art and music students and professors, and Sophia Center counselors. 
 
Welcome New Grounds Supervisor
Josh Maciejewski has been hired as the Grounds Supervisor for the campus.  He will be working closely with the Director of Facilities and Grounds and Sr. Jeremias on various grounds issues including landscaping and snow removal.  Josh previously worked for Black Diamond for 20 years and brings a wide array of experience and knowledge.  Welcome Josh!