Gubi's Gazette
November 3, 2017
Alisa Smith, Director of Student Success 
Although we just celebrated Halloween this past Tuesday, November is upon us, and we are only a month away until final exams. It is hard to imagine, but soon we will have another semester under our belts. The campus has been buzzing with activity lately. Fall and winter sports have hosted numerous home competitions. The pep band, Gubi, and cheer team have been busy keeping the crowds entertained. 
October was advising and registration month, so students have been scurrying about to get their schedules all set. Please check with your student to ensure that he/she has registered for classes already. Ask which class he/she is most interested in this coming spring.  If your student has not registered yet, pleased encourage him/her to do so immediately, as classes are filling up.  I am here to help if your student needs any assistance. 
Midterm grades came out last week. Please ask your student how classes are going.  Keep in mind that the last day a student could drop a class is Monday, November 13. Of course dropping a class is never our goal; however, if a student has reached a point where he/she cannot mathematically pass a course, it makes sense to drop a class instead of earning an “F” which would really hurt a student’s grade point average.  Students should seek out their advisor if they would like to drop a class.  Check out all the important dates to keep in mind on the academic calendar here.
Don’t forget that you need to apply each year for FAFSA. This process opened on October 1.  If you are filling out the FAFSA for Fall 2018, you should use your tax returns from 2016 (prior prior year). Please contact our financial aid office if you have any questions. 
Please encourage your student to complete any outstanding business before Thanksgiving break.  The time between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester passes quickly, and we would rather students focus their time then on studying, writing papers, and preparing for finals than completing old business. 

Mission & Ministry

The Fall semester continues to roll along with several of our annual Campus Ministry events as well as a few new additions to our line up.
Fall Break was the perfect opportunity to launch our student-led retreat called CLIMB (Christ Lives in Me and Beyond). Six students headed to Tau House in Cincinnati for prayer and fellowship. They ended their time together with a day of service arranged by the organization Franciscans for the Poor. The students did some painting at Heartfelt Tidbits, an organization that assists refugees.
The second half of the semester began with an opportunity to volunteer at Tent City, a homeless awareness project in Toledo. Students from Lourdes joined with others to help prepare and serve dinner on Friday evening to over 800 individuals who were receiving or providing services.
Last weekend several student organizations (LINK, Love Your Melon, Black Student Union, the Gaming Society, Prism and Rise) celebrated Halloween by transforming the Campus Ministry House into a haunted house, replete with ghouls, zombies and other frightening characters. Those who made it through the house joined us for a bonfire at the end of the evening.
October is also the month when we are able to register for the annual Habitat Spring Break Mission Trip. This March students will be traveling to Thibodaux, LA to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. We still have spots open on the team! 

Lourdes Serves 2017!

During the Lourdes Serves 2017 Week of Service (Oct. 1-7, 2017), more than 270 students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni completed 685 hours of community service at 15 non-profit agencies within the region. The Week of Service initiative coincided with the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) National Service Initiative in recognition of St. Francis Week.
This marks the fourth year that Lourdes University offered a week of service. Last year, the University community engaged in a morning of service in recognition of St. Francis Week and the inauguration of President Mary Ann Gawelek.
“During the Week of Service, we enjoyed spending time with some of our long-standing community partners, serving and hopefully bringing attention to the needs of the homeless and the marginalized, the populations that St. Francis so frequently challenged us to remember, says Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning.
The non-profit agencies that were served:
  • Alzheimer’s Association of NW Ohio
  • Baby University
  • Connecting Kids to Meals
  • East Toledo Senior Center
  • Helping Hands of St Louis
  • Josina Lott Residential & Community Services
  • Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • River Crossings (Josina Lott)
  • Ronald McDonald Charities of NW Ohio
  • Sunshine Inc of NW Ohio
  • Sylvania Area Family Services
  • The Olander Park System (TOPS)
  • Toledo Labre Project
  • Toledo Seagate Foodbank
  • United Way of Greater Toledo

Banking 101

A representative from Huntington Bank will be here to talk with students about the basics of banking. Please encourage your student to attend this valuable GrayWolfU event!

Zero Waste Lunch

The Zero Waste Luncheon was a rousing success with nearly 300 in attendance. All eating utensils were made of 100% plant fiber and are fully compostable. 10+ bags of organic waste was composted and the remainder was sorted into recycling bins. Less than 1 pound of garbage (.998) remained. Kudos to the Sylvania Franciscan Village, Sisters of St. Francis, Lourdes University and the students and faculty in attendance from St. Joseph Sylvania School.
Andy Ham
Ececutive Director Residence Life & Community Standards

Residence Life

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!  As I write this message to you all it appears the fall weather is fully upon us!  The students have been working hard as we hit the home stretch of the semester. I wanted to reach out to you all and go over a few things as the holiday season and the end of the semester approaches.  
We have sent out notices to the residents to let them know that the residence halls will be closed during Thanksgiving break. The halls will be closing at 10:00am on Wednesday November 22 and will re-open on Sunday November 27 at 12:00pm.  Students will need to leave the residence halls during this time.  We do allow students to stay if they are from a distance away from campus and traveling back home is too costly.  These students need to email me: and get permission to stay prior to break. Student athletes that need to be here for practice or competition are also allowed to stay, the coaches from these teams will be contacting our office to let us know what students on their rosters will be staying.  It is important to note the students that need to stay during break will be charged $20.00 per day while we are closed. This charge is applied to their student accounts.  The student athletes that are required here for their sport will not be charged.  
We are working with the dinning services about when the dining hall will be open during this time, once that is confirmed we will send a notice out to students letting them know when it will be open. We will also provide a shuttle to the grocery store, Walmart, etc. the Monday before break so that students that do not have a car can go and get the supplies they need during break.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office at: 419-824-3873 or  Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

Pre-Nursing Learning Community (PNLC)

The Pre-Nursing Learning Community (PNLC) took advantage of a special opportunity to learn about the muscular system. On October 27 students had fun participating in a “burn it to learn it” exercise session with Dr. Sandy Beach and fitness instructor Toni Quinn, learning muscle anatomy and physiology through guided actions. The PNLC is a group of students learning in a supportive group environment and interdisciplinary manner.


Lourdes Biology Majors are looking ahead to careers after graduation! Some students are interested in careers in the health fields. 
On October 27, Lourdes hosted a workshop by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Debbie Bisbee, from LECOM Admissions, described their programs in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Lourdes is affiliated with LECOM’s Early Acceptance Program. This is a unique opportunity. Eligible students may apply to LECOM. A strong academic record and a successful interview earns them a provisional reserved seat for graduate training. Students will need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a science GPA of 3.2 in the Lourdes Biology Major.

Public Safety 

Pictured, are students participating in Domestic Violence Awareness week Jeopardy night. This event was held in the Den with HOPE Rape Crisis Center sponsored by Title IX and Public Safety. Students were quizzed about resources and procedures on campus as well as recognizing myths vs facts about Domestic Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assaults. 

Gubi Goes to Work!

During the month of October, the Lourdes University mascot, Gubi, visited Zach Bastien, 2015 Lourdes alumni. This new Career Services initiative, ‘Gubi Goes to Work’ celebrates the career successes of our students and recent alumni. Zach completed an accounting internship at the Andersons while at Lourdes University and upon graduation was hired at Owens Corning to participate in a finance and accounting graduate development program.  

Student Support Services

The Academic Support Center is now the Academic SUCCESS Center! The ASC is very honored and excited to continue helping your students succeed in their academic endeavors. Please encourage your student to stop in and take advantage of all the wonderful tools the ASC offers! 
The library has recently added a new database called Testing and Education Reference Center. Please encourage your student to check out this valuable resource. Also, the Lourdes University Librarians are a great campus resource. Your students can stop in or schedule individual times to meet and learn the research skills necessary to succeed!
The TRiO program plans a yearly fall trip to Mac Queen’s apple orchard for apple picking and enjoying cider and donuts. Much to our dismay, this year’s trip was cancelled due to a bad growing season, which produced much fewer apples. So instead, students got to visit Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farm on Friday, October 22nd.  
Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm is a working farm, so visitors get a chance to have a real farm experience. There's a historic, gabled barn, which houses cows and calves, goats, sheep, sows with baby pigs, bunnies and of course, farm cats and kittens. Students had a chance to take a hay ride around the farm and were able to pick their own pumpkins from the field. Due to the great weather we’ve experienced this fall, the vegetables were still in abundance!  Students picked tomatoes, peppers, chili peppers, cauliflower, kale, eggplant, and even broccoli.  
As always, when we plan a cultural experience for students, the purpose is to expose students to opportunities that they may have not previously experienced.  This year, we had a large group of students from Southern California, who have never had the combination of cider and donuts together.  This amazed many of us from the mid-west, since this is a fall staple for our area. In addition, several students said they had never been to a pumpkin farm to pick out their own pumpkin. 
What a wonderful way to spend a few hours, enjoying the lovely weather, gathering with students, and appreciating the gifts of nature. Our next cultural experience with be a visit to The Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas.

Check it Out...

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges offered Talent Pipeline Solutions at The Andersons headquarters. The community conversation brought together northwest Ohio private colleges, OFIC student scholarship recipients, and regional businesses that are already supporting or interested in supporting OFIC through scholarships, career fairs and/or diversity initiatives. Lourdes students Natalie Krell and Katrina Harris were in attendance along with president Mary Ann Gawelek. Ms. Harris also spoke at the event and did a fabulous job representing all Lourdes student scholarship recipients.
Katrina Harris, Natalie Krell, Dr. Gawelek
Katrina Harris 
Katrina Harris, Natalie Krell

Graduate School Open House!

Encourage your juniors and seniors to check out the Lourdes University Graduate School's Open House. Those attending can talk with current graduate students, alumni and faculty, and get all the information needed about these Lourdes University programs/certificates: MBA, MEd, MSN, MSW, MA in Theology and RN to MSN. RSVP at, email or call 419-824-3517.
It is never too early to start thinking about the next step in your student's educational goals!


The fall sports seasons are winding down, while at the same time winter sports are just beginning at Lourdes. Men’s and women’s soccer celebrated Senior Day last Saturday (Oct. 28) as they closed out their regular season. Tara Blundell, Remy Houttekier, Megan Soncrant, Tori Koontz, Haggi Amirally, Akilla Arno, Jose Cedillo, Adilson Darosa, Orlando Gomez, and Judah Goodridge were the seniors honored on Saturday. The women finished .500 (8-8-2) for the first time in program history, qualifying for the WHAC tournament. The Gray Wolves season ended on Wednesday with a 3-0 loss at Madonna.  Remy Houttekier earned First Team All-WHAC honors while Kerstyn Williams was named to the WHAC All-Newcomer Team. The men entered the final week of the regular season with a chance to qualify for postseason play as well, but fell just short.
"I woked very hard this summer in preparation for this season, so to recieve this award shows me hard work pays off"-Kerstyn Williams
Women’s volleyball held Senior Night (Lauren Norman and Genessee Tate) on Wednesday (Nov. 1), and earned a first round bye in the upcoming WHAC tournament. The Gray Wolves will host a quarterfinal match on Wednesday evening (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. inside the Ebeid Rec Center. If you can’t make it to campus, you can watch live at Cross country also wraps up its season this weekend, competing in the WHAC Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Saturday (Nov. 4) afternoon.
Men’s and women’s basketball opened their regular seasons at home on Monday evening (Oct. 30) with a pair of victories while wrestling begins its campaign on Saturday (Nov. 4) at the Adrian Invitational before the home opener next Thursday (Nov. 9) against Otterbein.
As always, has the latest news and results of all 17 Lourdes athletics programs.

Student Life

Over Fall Break, the LEAP staff held its annual Cedar Point: Halloweekend trip. This is one of our students favorite as they spend the entire day at the park, riding roller coasters, eating fair food, and of course, being scared by monsters. We had many first time visitors this trip and in turn, they look forward to attending each year. The LEAP staff also organized a LEAP Idol event, our rendition of American Idol where contestants try their luck at winning the grand prize. Our first-ever winner was Drew Pennington.
 “Despite the weather, the event was enjoyable! As it was my first time going, I really liked the Maverick roller coaster because it caught me by surprise! The turns, tunnels, and loops were a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go next year”- Juan Echevarria, sophomore, psychology major

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 for your student here:    For more information, please contact
Alisa Smith, Director of Student Success

Hoping you get a chance to enjoy the beautiful fall colors while they last and wishing you and yours much peace.
Alisa Smith | | 419-824-3963
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