Gubi's Gazette
November 21, 2017
Alisa Smith
Director of Retention and Student Success
It seems to me that this semester has flown by.  It is hard to imagine, but when we return after Thanksgiving break, only one week of classes remain before final exams begin.  If your student appears a bit stressed out, please know he/she is not alone.  As due dates, presentations and final exams loom in the very near future, many students are starting to feel the pressure.  Please know that we are here to support your student in a variety of ways. 
We begin finals week with our bi-annual Late Night Breakfast on Sunday, December 3 from 9:00-11:00 PM in our Dining Hall.  This popular event, signals the opening of finals week.  Check out the Student Success Services section below for many opportunities offering support for your student.  Please encourage your student to take advantage of the variety of academic services offered to help them have a successful end to the semester.

Student Success Services


Relax with TRiO…
With final projects, papers, and final exams just around the corner after Thanks-giving, the end of the semester can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety for many students. Some times it is hard to find a space on campus to take a break from some of the commotion and pressure one can be experiencing around this time. 
Luckily, The TRiO Program will once again offer the “Relaxation Space” in St. Francis Hall, Rm. 7. The room opens to students the week prior to exams and remains open through the end of finals. The room will be a space dedicated for TRiO members to be able to relax and “chill out.” 
The week before finals will be set up to be an interactive, fun-filled time in the room, where students can make Holiday ornaments, cut out snowflakes, decorate cookies, and enjoy other Holiday and seasonal crafts. This is a great opportunity for TRiO students to meet and talk, be creative, and just enjoy themselves! Holiday music will be playing, the scent of evergreens will be in the air, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and peppermint sticks will be served and … who knows what other surprises will be coming?! 
Once finals week arrives the room will be transformed into a calming, quiet space-- complete with relaxing music and video images (imagine: ocean waves rolling on a beach); comfortable seating; and, opportunities for creative expression through drawing, creative writing, and sharing thoughts on our “graffiti wall space.” 
We also have some great giveaways such as stress balls, stress relief info, small journals, lots of “smiles,” and stress kits. We encourage each and every TRiO student to take full advantage of the Relaxation Space!

Academic Success Center

The ASC is gearing up for exam week! Encourage your student to take advantage of our Late Night Study Hours starting Monday, November 27th. The ASC will also be presenting an Exam Prep workshop on the 27 at 9:00 p.m. in the Den. We hope to see your student there! 


Sr. Rebecca and Sr. Sandra installed new members of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society in Duns Scotus Library on Monday, November 13, 2017.
Congratulations to Tracy Harmon, Tara Blundell,
Regina Hanson, and Lamis Younes  
Library Student Worker,
Jacob Supina

Sr. Sandra, Patsy Kiros and student employees continue to assist students in locating materials for research assignments, scheduling use of study rooms, fulfilling OhioLINK requests, shelving books, and many other daily tasks that lead to the running of the library facilities and maintaining the library collection. 
Please encourage your student to ask library staff for assistance when working on a paper.  A few minutes spent with library staff at the begnning of a writing assignment, could save your student hours of frustration later and often leads to a more fully developed paper.
New best sellers  from Toledo Lucas County Public Library are available for check out in the Lourdes Library! Books by such authors as Philippa Gregory, John Grisham, Carla Neggers, Lisa Scottoline, Alexander McCall Smith.
A recent display in the library focuses on" Hidden Treasures In Duns Scotus Library." We hope your student stops by and checks it out!
  •             St. Clare of Assisi. Statue, plaster cast, 24"
  •             Shakespeare. Woodcarving roundel, 5 1/2 " diameter
  •             St. Francis of Assisi. Lead statue, 16 1/2"
  •             Paschal Baylon. Wood carving statue, 24"
  •             Hans Christian Anderson sketch
  •             Copy of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  •             President Lincoln reading the Gettysburg Address. Plaster
  •             Cast statue, 16". Signed, G. R.C. Tunison, 1972

Office of Accessibility Services

We are pleased to announce that Sara Soper is joining us as our new Office of Accessibility Coordinator. Sara has many years of experience providing transition services to students with disabilities and has previously been employed at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, Owens Community College and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We are excited that Sara will be able to share her expertise with our students here at Lourdes. 
Sara and Vincento will be located in the ASC from 9:00 – 5:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:00 – 4:30 on Friday.
Please have your student contact Sara at for assistance. 

From the Office of the President 

Dear Parents:
As we go into the Thanksgiving weekend, please know I am thankful for our students and dedicated faculty and staff. May you have a thanksgiving blessed with family, friends and laughter.
I hope you take the opportunity to check in with your daughter or son on their academic successes and challenges.  At this point in the semester there is always a level of high energy and anxiety. Remind them to reach out to their faculty advisor and/or any member of the staff; first year students have access to their go crew teams.
President Gawelek


The excitement of fall sports extends into at Lourdes as the women’s volleyball team has advanced to Sioux City, Iowa for the finals of the NAIA National Championship Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The Gray Wolves earned an automatic bid to the tournament after finishing runner-up in the WHAC tournament. Lourdes hosted an Opening Round match on Saturday, defeating Webber International in four sets to advance to pool play in Sioux City for the third consecutive year.
Angelica Dippold earned First Team All-WHAC accolades while Genessee Tate and Emily Arnold were Second Team All-WHAC selections.  Men’s soccer also had its postseason honors announced, with Judah Goodridge garnering Second Team All-WHAC honors.
Angelica Dippold
Judah Goodridge
Genessee Tate
Emily Arnold
Winter sports are now in full force, with WHAC play beginning this past week. Both basketball teams are over .500 currently, with the men at 4-3 and the women at 3-2 overall. Wrestling began its season on Nov. 4 and the Gray Wolves picked up their first victory of the year at home on Thursday night, defeating Muskingum.
Dr. Kate Beutel

From the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences 

“I just have a paper in that class.”
Sometimes students become so occupied with exams in the final weeks of a semester, they neglect the attention a final paper needs. Some writing tips for your student as we approach the end of the semester:
  • Schedule a tutoring session in the Academic Success Center for help with whatever writing stage you find most challenging.
  • Draft early and take full advantage of any peer review sessions in class.
  • Make use of any conference opportunities your instructor offers.
  • Be willing and take the time to revise based on your instructor’s recommendations.
  • Reserve time for final proofreading and checking of citations.

Mission and Ministry

A Taste of Lourdes 

You never know how far a creative suggestion can take you. A few years ago, one of our Graduate students suggested that we celebrate the many cultures found here at Lourdes University with an opportunity to showcase different recipes – and A Taste of Lourdes was born. Earlier this month, 12 different homemade ethnic creations were showcased by Lourdes students, alumni and staff at this third annual event hosted by Campus Ministry and LEAP.
Those who attended had a chance to taste dishes such at Peruvian Alfajores Peruanos, Jamaican Curry Chicken and Hawaiian Palao Waiū Kālima I lola’ia. We were surprised to have Mary Bilyeu, the Food Editor of the Toledo Blade, join us to taste the dishes and give us a mention on her Facebook page. But the real highlight of the day was seeing students beam with joy as they tackled (and succeeded in creating) their family recipes.

Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas

Each year the Lourdes University community connects with area agencies and helps to sponsor families who might otherwise be struggling during this holiday season.Our Giving Tree is up and decorated with ornaments filled with gift suggestions that should help us in Spreading the Joy to 12 families. We are inviting folks to “undecorate” the tree and purchase items that are on the wish lists of these families. Gifts are due back on November 30.
On November 28, we celebrate Sharing the Spirit, our annual Christmas Caroling and Tree Lighting dinner. Students are invited to stop by the Franciscan Center from 4:30-6:00 pm for a festive dinner. Hopefully they’ll have a chance to sing a few Christmas carols and join in the tree lighting event!

Pray with us at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Join the Sisters of St. Francis and the Lourdes community during the coming season as we gather to give praise and thanks to our God!
Thanksgiving Eve Mass
  • Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm
Christmas Masses
  • Sunday, December 24 at 4:30 pm
  • Monday, December 25 at 9:00 am
January 1 Mass
  • Monday, January 1 at 9:00 am

Care Packages!

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 for your student here:
    For more information, please contact

Den Hours Thanksgiving Break & Finals Week

Den Hours During Thanksgiving Break:
Wednesday November 22nd: 10:00-11:30am/ 6:00-9:00pm
Thursday November 23rd: CLOSED
Friday November 24th: 10:00am-11:30am/ 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday November 25th:11:00am-12:30am/ 6:00-9:00pm
Sunday November 26th:12:00pm-12:00am
The week of finals the Den will be open 9:00am-1:00am. This will start Sunday December 3rd and go through the end of finals week. We will have snacks and a coffee bar available for students.
We are so thankful you have shared your student with us.  Wishing you and yours much peace and joy during the holiday season.
Alisa Smith | | 419-824-3963
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