Gubi's Gazette
September 1, 2017
Alisa Smith, Director of Student Success 
These past few weeks have been a whirlwind! It doesn't seem possible that our second week of classes is coming to a close. Our incoming freshmen, pictured above, were welcomed to our community during their four day orientation program.  It was incredible to see how quickly friendships were formed their first weekend. The energy these new students brought to campus has been contagious. Spirits were high as the freshmen were settling in and our returning students arrived back on campus.  
Then, the reality of classes set in. Please check in with your student to make sure he/she is not feeling overwhelmed. Remind him/her that there are a wide variety of free support services on campus to help with any question/issue a student may have. Our greatest wish is for each student to be successful both academically and personally and to thrive in the Lourdes community.
Mary Ann Gawelek, President
What a wonderful start we had to the academic year – an exciting orientation program, home hosted book discussions on In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir and the excitement of starting classes and settling into a new academic year.
Given the events in Charlottesville, the Lourdes community joined in a moment of reflection and a prayer service to remind us that the Franciscan value of Reverence calls us to respect the dignity and work of each person and all creation.  The service was particularly moving because it was student led with students facilitating prayer and song.
As a community, we are also responding hurricane Harvey by partnering with the National Association of Basketball Coaches in conjunction with the men’s basketball program at The University of Houston is coordinating an effort to collect donations of clothes and shoes. 
The University is also working to set up a “Go Fund Me” account for a student-to-student initiative that will be administered and distributed through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio and its counterpart organization in Texas, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.
Some of you may be seeing your daughter or son over the Labor Day weekend.  I hope that you hear happy stories about their first two weeks at the University. If you hear of any problems or challenges please encourage them to problem solve with the faculty and staff who are here to support them.
I hope I will be seeing you at Alumni and Family weekend on September 29, 30 and October 1st.
Mary Ann Gawelek
ARCHES & TRiO Bridge 
This year the ARCHES/TRiO Bridge program welcomed 36 new students to campus. They arrived three weeks prior to the start of the semester. During these weeks, the students participated in literacy programs, critical thinking, math, writing, and service learning projects. The three weeks were intense, but full of fun learning experiences that allowed the students to familiarize themselves with campus, grow academically, and develop life-long friendships.
Welcome to Lourdes!
Shaelyn Agocs, Peyten Bollenberg, Kiana Borman, Danielle Blowlin-Stewart, Justice Butler, Jakobe Fields, Hugh Flores, Sam Fullerton, Grayden Hamilton, Qianna Harris, Jamia Hawkins, Tyler Houston, Hunter Kagy, Robert Kelley, Wynter Kelley, Deborah Kemoh, Fiona Knapp, Eleanor Kosek, Emma Kosek, Madison Moody, Nicole Munsey, Mariah Pierce, McCade Pillow, Turner Rees, Brett Reeves, Olivia Sovitch, Daija Stafford, Alyssa Thibert, Aiyanna Thompson, Tiffany Vance, Kerstyn Williams, Whitnee Wingate, Kasey Yap, Shyla Zientek, and William Zorn

Below, ARCHES & TRiO Bridge students are working on Visual Literacy and communication skills at the Toledo Museum of Art

A note from TRiO...

Welcome to a the 2017-2018 school year with TRiO Student Support Services! Each semester TRiO SSS assigns all current TRiO students tutors and academic coaches for each class that they take for the semester.
TRiO holds an annual training session to be sure that our tutors are up to date on tutoring and coaching techniques and resources. Currently, TRiO has 24 peer and professional tutors covering most subject areas to assist our 160 active students.
TRiO works closely with the Academic Support Center (ASC) to make sure that Lourdes students receive the academic assistance that they need, while encouraging all students to be active learners. Further, TRiO SSS has a lending library containing many textbooks for students to borrow, as well as laptops and iPads that they can check out. TRiO relies on the donations of books from faculty and students. The Lourdes TRiO program is committed to providing students with not just tutoring, but with personal attention to fit their academic, cultural, and social needs. Please contact Teddi Moorman (Director of TRiO SSS) for further information about the Lourdes TRIO program! TRiO Works!!
Lourdes Night at the Mud Hens
Before the new academic year began, the Lourdes community gathered for a meal and a night at the Mud Hens. This year, Dr. Gawelek threw out the first pitch and Sr. Shannon SchreinOSF, Ph.D sang the National Anthem. Students had a great time cheering on the local team and making lasting memories! 
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping make college a reality, has awarded $210,000 to Lourdes University as part of its 2017-2019 Dash Emergency Grant program for four-year colleges. Designed to assist low-income students cover unexpected, non-academic emergency expenses, the grant program seeks to keep these students in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers.

“In addition to Lourdes’ student support programs, the Great Lakes grant allows us to better assist these students in their time of need – whether it is to cover an unexpected car repair or medical bill,” says Ms. Alisa Smith, Director of Retention and Student Success. “We are thrilled to be selected by Great Lakes to partner with them as they extend this successful program to four-year colleges.”

Eclipse Watch 2017

Students, Faculty, and Staff gathered on August 21 to enjoy the Solar Eclipse.  

"Watching the Solar Eclipse was an exciting moment for me. I have never seen an eclipse before so it was great to share that new experience with amazing students and faculty/staff members who were just excited as I was to watch it."-Asia Moore

The public was invited by Lourdes University, the Sisters of St. Francis and the Sylvania Franciscan Village on August 24 to gather as one community to end the hate and racism unleashed in Charlottesville, VA and ongoing expressions of racism witnessed in communities across the country. The bells at the Franciscan Center and Umbria Hall rang and were followed by a moment of silent prayer. As men and women of peace and seekers of justice, the Sisters of St. Francis and their sponsored ministries continue to pray for peace in our country.  
Pre-Nursing Learning Community
The Pre-Nursing Learning Community (PNLC) students and faculty spent some quality time getting acquainted with each other and University resources. This year’s cohort of thirteen students are starting to learn how to best prepare for their coursework as a supportive group. Faculty are planning fun and demonstrative projects and activities throughout the semester and year, especially for the PNLC students. 
The Lourdes women’s golf team opened the 2017-2018 athletics year for the Gray Wolves last Friday at the Trine Kickoff Classic before the 22nd-ranked women’s volleyball team began their year later that day at the Lancer Classic hosted by Grace College.  Women’s soccer kicked off the home portion of the Gray Wolves’ season on Saturday night, entertaining nationally-ranked Taylor before men’s soccer and volleyball began their home seasons on Monday and Wednesday respectively.  Men’s golf along with men’s and women’s cross country will get their seasons underway on Friday. For the latest results, schedules, and athletics news, visit
From the Office of Student Activities & Orientation...
New Student Orientation took place the weekend before the first day of classes. With the help from student leaders, the program was packed with several initiatives to connect our first-year students with their classmates along with resources on campus and the Greater Toledo Area. Students participated in a ‘campus-wide’ Scavenger Hunt, Field Day Activities, Sexual Assault Awareness presentation, and much more. The weekend concluded with a Welcome Back Celebration at a local venue that included swimming, a music band, inflatables, and free food. The weekend was a success with many memories made among our new students.  

New to Lourdes! Chorale & Pep Band!

Chorale performance opportunities for the next year include two formal concerts per semester, performances for various holidays and special university events. The student-based LUC will perform a wide variety of music, with opportunities to form smaller, specialized vocal groups. The LUC is open to students of every major.  

Students attended a mixer on Thursday, August 24 to learn more about Chorale and Pep Band. There they were able to meet band and chorale members and directors, learn about performance and leaderhsip opportunities, and enrich their Lourdes expereince. A wonderful time was had by all! 
If you have any questions about the Lourdes University Chorale or Pep Band, please contact Bobby Rue, Vocal Music Director, at or 419-517-8417 or Justin T. Kelley, Pep Band Director, at or 419-824-3772. 

"So far, choir has been a great experience. Mr. Rue is an excellent director and he tries to make every rehearsal a fun one. Also, if he sees you in the hallway, he makes an effort to see how you are doing and to make sure everything is going well. It is nice to have a choir director that makes an effort to see if everything is going well and that tries to make rehearsals fun and makes sure that we get everything we need to get done, done."-Bayley Rochon 
"I am excited to be a member of the band because if I would not have chosen Lourdes, I wouldn't have been able to continue with my passion for music."-Nicole Munsey
"I enjoy the Lourdes University Chorale because it gives me a way to express and enhance my joy of singing, along with having fun with a group of people who are willing to expand their music career's as well."-Jacob Supina
Honors Program
Lourdes University welcomed thirty two students into the 2017 cohort of the Honors Program.  These incoming freshmen participated in an Honors orientation on Friday, August 18 with the Honors Director, Dr. Cindy Molitor, and two juniors in the Honors Program, Ainsley Quigley and Kayla Hensel. They also participated in the Honors section FYE community service and dinner and book events that day.
We are excited to announce the many festivities which will be held on campus during homecoming weekend 2017 from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.  Save the date on your calendar and plan to join us!
For information about the Terra Cotta Trot 5K click here:

Updated Science Resource Room!

The Department of Biology & Health Sciences has renovated our Science Resource Room. New lighting and new flooring provide a bright and fresh atmosphere for student use. This room receives hundreds of visits from students in anatomy and microbiology who are working intensively to prepare for challenging practical exams.
Career Services' calendar is packed with opportunities for students to interact with employers this fall. Through Information Tables and Spotlights, students can learn about organizations and employment opportunities they offer. These are just two of the many ways to connect students with employers. Employers also visit Lourdes University to interview students for upcoming internship and job opportunities. Please encourage your students to visit Career Services early and often!  Our office is located in Mother Adelaide Hall, Room 132.
Campus Ministry and Service Learning
The past 3 weeks have been a delightful Franciscan whirlwind! We’ve held orientation sessions with the RAs, met our new and returning Tau Scholars (we have a total of 19 this year!) and had a chance to meet, greet and eat with the new First Year Students.
The First Year students had the opportunity to get to know the Toledo community as they reached out to some of our long-standing community partners. About 280 students, faculty and staff contributed over 800 hours at 14 area locations!
Students gathered with the Sisters of St. Francis and other community members for an opening Mass and an ice cream social on Sunday, August 20 as we kicked off the first week of classes.
The Mission and Ministry staff have been visiting the FYE classes and introducing them to our Franciscan heritage. We always have great discussions as we begin to look at the world through the eyes of Francis and Clare and as we reflect on the heritage handed down to us by the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters. After viewing a video that was made last year as part of the Sisters’ centennial celebration, one freshman student commented: “It’s exciting to know that I’m part of something bigger!”
"My time spent at Sunshine was an amazing experience. I got to meet some really great residents and was able to help with their new boardwalk."-Brett Reeves
"My time at Baby University was very enlightening. I learned a great deal about the local community."-Shaelyn Agocs
The Academic Support Center (ASC) maintains an atmosphere, utilizing Franciscan values that is focused on increasing success and retention to all students of Lourdes. The Academic Support Center offers academic support services to a diverse community in a nurturing, student-centered environment.
The academic support services that are offered to students include workshops, study rooms, computers, laptops, tutoring and academic coaching. The ASC is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
If you would like more information on the ASC, call or email 419-824-3748,
Be on the lookout for the next issue of this bi-weekly newsletter, which shares both student success stories and helpful tips! Wishing you and your family a relaxing holiday weekend. Please know that the faculty and staff are here to support your student. Please encourage him/her to reach out if they have any questions/concerns.
Peace and all good,
Alisa Smith | | 419-824-3963
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