Gubi's Gazette
October 6, 2017
Alisa Smith, Director of Student Success 
There have been many different energies/feelings across campus lately.  
Spirit: This week has been full of activities (ice cream social, contests and masses) celebrating St. Francis week. Last week was Homecoming and we “Painted the Town Terra Cotta”. Students, faculty, staff and alumni came together and participated in a variety of events (5k run, Paint and Sip, Pep Rally, Glow in the Dark games, pep band appearance between men and women’s soccer games, and many more). 
Overwhelmed: We are just completing the seventh week of classes. Many students are taking midterms, writing papers and working on projects while juggling jobs, internships, and athletic practices/games. Please continue to encourage them and remind them to break things down into more manageable smaller tasks. Ask your student about seeking an academic coach.
Industrious: October is Advising and Registration month. Please encourage your student to check his/her student email daily and to follow our recommendations about scheduling an appointment with academic advisor, taking care of any financial or admissions hold, and registering for classes. Students are not eligible to register for spring classes until all holds are resolved. Please ask your student where he/she is in this process.
Empathy: As a community we stuffed a bus with supplies for hurricane relief to aid Puerto Rico. This natural disaster impacted our community as it personally touched current student, Yahel Rivera.  We were saddened to hear of the tragic shootings in Las Vegas and we came together as a community to discuss the "Truth About DACA". Many students attended the Silent Witness Proejct; a national initiative honoring and memorializing girls and women kille dina cts of domestic violence perpetuated by husbands, boyfriends or stalkers.
I am so proud to be a member of this wonderful Lourdes community. Your students continue to contribute and enrich our lives daily. Please encourage your student to reach out if feeling overwhelmed or if not sure how or where to go for an answer to a question or help. Faculty and staff are glad to assist and please know my door is always open.
Alisa Smith

From the Office of Student Activities

Spirit Week and Homecoming / Family Weekend was a blast! To kick off this traditional week of celebration, LEAP hosted its annual Pep Rally at the Recreation Center. During the Pep Rally, the Homecoming Court was introduced to the student body, there were relay races for prizes, and a dance competition against our beloved mascot, Gubi. The week continued with an alcohol awareness program which included wearing beer goggles while playing Mario Kart, the video game. This program allowed students to experience the dangers of drinking alcohol and driving.
Students were also tasked with trivia questions to test their knowledge of alcohol safety. Students walked away with more knowledge about the effects of alcohol and healthy alternatives to drinking. Comedian Josh Adams from Detroit, MI concluded the Spirit Week events. His performance was great and left students laughing about the show days later.
If you missed Homecoming / Family Weekend, we are deeply sorry! The agenda included activities for the entire family. From the Paint and Sip activity on Friday night to the Light Up the Night evening activities on the Mid-Campus field, students, families, alums, and friends shared in the memories of the weekend. Many of our guests came out to support the Soccer teams as they competed and enjoyed the Dueling Piano event to end Saturday night. It was great to see several young alums back on campus to celebrate another traditional year! See you next year!

Greetings from Residence Life!

Well fall is in full swing and we are approaching mid-terms and the half way point of the semester.  Residence Life has had many exciting programs so far this semester and the student attendance has been great. On Sunday, September 24, we held our annual “Pie your RA” event.  This is a great event to help students and the RA’s build community and have some fun.  We also used it as an opportunity to raise funds for those victims that were effected by the recent hurricanes. We were able to raise $100.00!!  We want to thank our staff and students that supported this event. 
Another highlight for our fall programming has been our Res Life-Skills Class/Trivia series. We have held programs on cooking safety/ proper food storage and healthy eating. The second class was cleaning and laundry basics and our next event will be talking about effective communication. A fun time is had by all as  students compete in a trivia game. The top three winners each get a prize and we also raffle off some gift cards to local eateries and Wal-Mart. It has gone very well and the students have hopefully learned something new at each one, and it seems all have had a good time!  Well that’s it from Res Life. Please enjoy the great fall weather!  
Andy Ham

Student Support Services

TRiO students attended a Lunch & Learn Workshop with Sr. Barb Vano on 9/20/17. Sr. Barb explained that all LU students must complete 20 clock hours of service learning to graduate. These hours must be tied to a course (or approved learning trip) and be approved by an instructor! 
The Annual TRiO Fall Kick Off had record breaking attendance this year; 66 students came for the mandatory social event to connect with each other, staff, tutors, and mentors! 
Daniel Bautista-Macias, Richard Rodgers, & Hailey Johnson
HeatherWilliams & Demetri Carbonell 
The Academic Support Center has been busy hiring new tutors and academic coaches to help your students succeed. Please encourage your students to make an individual appointment or attend a drop-in tutoring session. The earlier they ask for help, the better!
This year, the Academic Support Center's SLA (Structured Learning Assistance) program is celebrating it’s 10th year at Lourdes University. This is a program we take great pride in. SLA's assist students who are in academically challenging courses by providing group tutoring with a coach. The SLA coach is an individual who has taken the course before and passed it with an A- or higher, or a professional tutor who has extensive knowledge in the subject area.
Students who attend SLA consistently receive higher grades and a better grasp of the course content. Be sure to ask your student if they have any SLA's attached to their classes and if they are attending! 
A Duns Scotus Library display in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month spotlights notable Hispanic/ Latino individuals in science, education, jurisprudence, and literature. In addition to photographs and books from the library collection, visitors can view a DVD , “ Isabel Allende: Possessed by Her Art” in Spanish with English subtitles. Encourage your student to head to the library not only to study, but to experience the ever changing displays! 
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services and the Latino Student Union collaborated in hosting a presentation and discussion about the misconceptions of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The event was titled "Revealing the Truth about DACA".
Prior to the discussion, Ms. Amanda Vargas, a Lourdes Student and member of the Latino Student Union read a statement from Lourdes University's President, Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek. 
We had the pleasure to host Dr. Gregory Guzman, Mrs. Patricia Hernandez and Mr. Arturo Ortiz for a brief presentation and discussion on the topic.  
Dr. Guzmán serves as the VP of Institutional Advancement at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio. Mrs. Patricia Hernandez is a Senior Attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE). Mr. Arturo Ortiz is a Senior Paralegal at ABLE as well.
Our panel gave information and answered questions to a group of attendees at the event. We had students, faculty, staff and members of the Franciscan community participate in a discussion of a topic that is affecting hundreds of thousands of people today.
Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek
Lourdes had homecoming this past weekend.  It was a terrific event filled with fun and laughter.  For those who were with us, I am certain you enjoyed the weekend; for those who did not make it I hope you will try to attend next year.
At this point in the semester, students are likely to be experiencing some academic pressure with midterms, assignments due, and time management challenges. If you hear from your daughter or son, please encourage them to reach out to their faculty and get support from staff.
We are soon approaching registration for the spring semester. It is important that students be able to register at this time.  Some students will have “holds” from unfinished paperwork (high school formal transcripts not submitted or unsigned financial aid awards) or financial issues.  When you next talk to your son or daughter please encourage them to check and make sure they have no “holds” which would delay registration.
We are in the midst of a week of service in honor of St. Francis’ birthday. Make sure to ask your student who they served this week.
Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D.

Homecoming Paint & Sip 

A great activity for alumni, students, faculty and staff to enjoy as a community!  
"Paint and sip was definitely a night that I will never forget because I had such a great time! It was a time when my friends and I could come together and relax after a crazy and full week of classes. We made memories that will last a lifetime by painting a simple picture but most importantly spending time with one another and laughing so hard that we were crying. I hope I have the opportunity to do paint and sip again!"-Brigette Beggs


Fall sports are nearing the midway point of the year, with several outstanding performances thus far. Angelica Dippold (women’s volleyball) has been named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Defender of the Week each of the last three weeks, and four times total this season. Jay Denman captured two WHAC Player of the Week honors in different sports in the same week on Sept. 25, doing so in both baseball and golf to become the first WHAC player in history to accomplish the feat (click his name for the complete story). Jose Cedillo earned WHAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in soccer one week ago as well.
Women’s soccer is off to its best start in program history while men’s soccer is currently in the top half of the WHAC standings, as is women’s volleyball. Men’s golf will host its lone home event, a conference jamboree, next Monday at Sylvania Country Club while women’s golf begins conference play this Friday.  
Jay Denman
Angelica Dippold
Jose Cedillo 

Career Services September Re-Cap

Career Services was busy the month of September with many opportunities for students to interact and connect with employers. Seven Employer Spotlights were sponsored by Career Services where students learned about company culture as well as internships and full-time employment opportunities. 
Imagination Station Employer Spotlight
Owens Corning Employer Spotlight
Over 45 students participated in Career Combine, an elevator pitch and mock interview competition and 100 students attended the Healthcare and Social Services Career EXPO on campus and CareerFest in Cleveland. OH. Students who traveled to Cleveland also learned about the graduate development programs and internship opportunities offered at Medical Mutual, during a site visit of their corporate office.
Finally, Career Services kicked off Homecoming 2017 with a fun and interactive trivia game. Students competed against each other answering career trivia, while alumni judges critiqued responses and awarded winners. Over 30 students and alumni participated in this inaugural event.  
Medical Mutual Site Visit, Cleveland, OH
Professional Pursuit, Homecoming 2017

Campus Ministry 

The last three weeks have been filled with a host of prayer, outreach and fellowship events. On September 21, the UN International Day of Peace, students were able to attend the dedication of the Sisters of St. Francis’ new peace pole. The event was followed by the biennial Catholic Muslim Dialogue. We continue to pray, “May peace prevail upon the earth.”
Volunteering at the Sisters of St. Francis Gala is always a popular event for our students. Who doesn’t like getting dressed up and eating delicious desserts while you’re ensuring that the silent auction runs smoothly? And the evening inevitably ends with some great dancing.
From the elegant Gala, we quickly shifted gears for the Fall Campus Ministry Bingo game. Did he say, “G60?” Yes, Fr. Marty Lukas was once again calling the numbers. Laundry detergent and shampoo were among the most popular prizes of the afternoon

Homecoming weekend had more events than you could imagine. The Sunday morning Mass was a wonderful opportunity for students, alums, faculty and staff to gather with the others and lift our voices in prayer as we gave thanks for our many blessings and remembered those who have recently been touched by violence and natural disasters. One last minute addition to the weekend was the Stuff the Bus campaign. Prompted by the concerns of some of our students for their families in Puerto Rico, we gathered needed supplies and funds to aid in the relief efforts. Local TV stations and The Toledo Blade helped us get the word out to the community:
Before anyone could catch a breath, we found ourselves in the midst of St. Francis Week! From prayer services, to ice cream socials and a Franciscan Cash Cab Trivia contest, we’ve been celebrating the spirit of our patron, Francis of Assisi. The week isn’t over yet, so stay tuned for more highlights in the next newsletter from our week of service and other events. With Francis we pray: Let us praise the Lord and give him thanks, and serve him with great humility.
Student Yahel Rivera, a senior from Puerto Rico,was the driving force behind "Stuff the Bus". 
Getting full!
Zachary Grennan
“I want to give back and help the community because I really love the fact that I am Puerto Rican.”-Yahel Rivera

Homecoming: Movie on Mid-campus!

October is Advising and Registration Month!  Encourage your student to schedule an appointment with his/her advisor before fall break. During the appointment, students should be prepared to discuss his/her academic goals and bring a tentative spring schedule with them.
If he/she is interested in study abroad, research opportunities, or an internship, this should be discussed with an advisor and incorporated into your student’s plan of study.
If your student is unsure who his/her advisor is, he/she can find the advisor’s name on his/her Degree Works audit. This is found in the student’s portal account under Web for Self Service. Please contact Kelly Conkle, Coordinator for Academic Advising, at or 419-824-3881 with any advising questions.

STEM in the Park 

Two Biology majors, Gabriella Crisp and Mia Scissons, along with five faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, hosted hands-on STEM activities with the theme of “Exciting Electrostatics” at STEM in the Park on September 23 at Bowling Green State University. This is the second year that the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences has participated. Lourdes’ Education students participated in prior years. Lourdes was among more than 150 unique, hands-on STEM activity stations offered at STEM in the Park. Lourdes’ faculty created interactive activities to engage all ages to explore static electricity, electric current, and electric circuits. STEM in the Park seeks to increase public engagement in the STEM disciplines in a family-friendly atmosphere. Nearly 5,300 people attended this years event! 
NWO, the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education, organizes the free event for all northwest Ohio families and community to stimulate public interest and encourage learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NWO is a partnership among area universities including Lourdes University, K-12 schools, and community partners to showcase innovation and educational opportunities and promote positive attitudes toward STEM teaching and learning. Visit for more information.
"STEM in the Park was a great experience and showed me how science fascinates people of all ages and helps shape young minds. I look forward to helping out next year!"-Mia Scissons


Humanities students joined faculty for a pizza party and celebration of The Tau literary and visual arts journal on October 3, in St. Agnes Hall. Kayla Hensel and Laura Ott discussed their published art works, and about 25 students, faculty, and guests read poetry selected from the annual publication. Students were encouraged to submit work for the next Tau (submissions at and to sign up to write for the student magazine, The Vitruvian (contact Dr. Noah Roderick Faculty shared advice to prepare students for Advising Month. Dr. Ben Brown discussed the summer Israel experience, and Dr. Adam Hodge promoted the summer Civil War history classes and trip to Gettysburg battlefield.
Elyse and Kaitlin Schroeder
Caelan Irwin
Noelle Roth

 Alumni Gray Wolves Softball Game!

Buckeye Art Therapy Association Symposium

Students attended this conference where they were able to meet professionals in the field of art therapy. They also had the opportunity to network with Lourdes alumni that are employed as art therapists in the region.
Kayla Hensel, Drew Pennington, Lydia Everly

2017 Homecoming Court

Ashley Fullenlove and Evan Kinard
"Since Lourdes first started doing Homecoming my sophomore year I knew I wanted to participate in it and was a class representative for the first two years. This year, as a senior, I was able to run for Homecoming Queen and was able to take on the role to represent my class. I enjoyed being part of the Homecoming weekend! I hope Homecoming continues and grows at Lourdes and I look forward to coming back next year to crown the 2018 Homecoming Queen!"-Ashley Fullenlove

The Lourdes University Pep Band Debut!

Homecoming: Let the Games Begin!

Terra Cotta Trot 5K Run/Walk 

Proceeds of the Terra Cotta Trot 5K Run/Walk benefit Lourdes University Student Scholarships. It was a great, brisk morning for a run/walk!
"My experience while doing the Terra Cotta Trot was great because not only did I get to talk to some of the faculty, but also got to meet the new Gubi. Even though it was a bit chilly outside, I really enjoyed how everyone cheered each other on."-Allyson Bonanni

Surprise your Student!!!

As the semester continues to fly by, Student Life would like to offer families an opportunity to surprise and support your Lourdes University student. Final Exams can be stressful, however, families can send their support by way of a Gray Wolf Care Package to their special student. All care packs will be packaged in Lourdes University spirit colors and will contain an assortment of edible encouragement to last through final exams. Choose from three different options:
  • Study Buddy - $45 (granola bars, trail mix, cookies, crackers, rice krispie treats, pop tarts, candy, fruit snacks, nuts, twizzlers, gum, & much more..)
  • Support Pack- $30 (candy, crackers, popcorn, animal crackers, Nutella snacks, gum & few more)
  • Cup of Care- $25 (Lourdes University mug with soup, ramen noodles, cocoa, coffee, tea, and candy)

    Order forms will be available online beginning October 13th. For more information, please contact

Keep in mind that Fall Break is right around the corner (Oct. 14-17)
Wishing you and yours much peace.
Alisa Smith | | 419-824-3963
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