For the third consecutive year, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference honored Lourdes sports information director Ryan Wronkowicz as the 2017 Patrick Moore-Mike Dean SID of the Year. Named after former Madonna SID Patrick Moore, who passed away unexpectedly in 2015, and longtime WHAC statistician Mike Dean, it recognizes outstanding sports information professionals as chosen by SIDs in the conference. Wronkowicz joined Moore as three-time winners of the award.
In his 17th year in the profession, Wronkowicz just completed his fifth year with Lourdes. He has been an integral part of expanding the Gray Wolves social media presence and implementing live video streaming of games. In addition, he continued the relationship he started with BCSN to provide live and tape-delayed television coverage of sporting events.
“Lourdes is truly blessed to have Ryan on our team,” acknowledged athletics director JoAnn Gordon. “This award is a reflection of his tireless dedication and work ethic in bringing recognition to our student-athletes and the university as a whole.”
His service is not limited to the athletics department. He sat as a staff advisor for an inaugural student-run organization aimed at promoting Lourdes spirit as a whole on campus and in the community and is a popular member of several committees throughout the school.
Wronkowicz’s service spans through the conference and national levels as well. He served on the WHAC Softball ratings oversight committee this year and also finished his third year on the NAIA National Players of the Week voting committee.
“I am extremely grateful to receive this award from talented fellow SIDs in the WHAC, which makes this honor very special,” said Wronkowicz. “The credit for such an honor goes to the wonderful student-athletes, coaches, and staff here at Lourdes who allow me to work with them and promote their accolades on a daily basis.”
Wronkowicz earned his degree from Bowling Green University in 1999 and completed his master’s in sports administration in 2005 from Valparaiso University.
Lourdes University recently announced that Dr. Alvin “Dwayne” Beggs, assistant professor of history at Lourdes University, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency.” The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, political science, and related fields will explore characteristics of 20th-century presidential leadership, including several individual presidents and their presidencies.
From a pool of 77 highly competitive nominations, 30 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar, which will be held July 23-27 at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, D.C.
In announcing the selection of participants, CIC President Richard Ekman said, “Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar will provide a great opportunity for participating faculty members to gain a better understanding of effective leadership and to explore presidencies within the context of the history known then and now. We believe that Dr. Alvin Beggs will play a strong role in the seminar.”
“Dr. Beggs has extensive experience in 20th-century history particularly as it relates to U.S. presidential and congressional relations,” said Dr. Mary Robinson, Chair of the Lourdes University Department of History, Political Science and Geography.
While at Lourdes University, Dr. Beggs has developed several courses including one focused on The Constitution and the Supreme Court. A respected historian, he has presented several times including the 2015 Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics, the 2010 National Policy Conference, and the 2017 Ohio Academy of History. A published author, Dr. Beggs’ work has appeared in Financial History Magazine and he served as editor of the 2016 edition of Northwest Ohio History.
Dr. Beggs’ research has focused on Presidential/Congressional relations particularly as it pertains to Congress and its use of War Powers. He holds membership in the American Historical Association, Phi Alpha Theta, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Society of Military History.
The 2017 National History Seminar participant earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the former Fort Wayne Bible College, a Master of Divinity from the Anderson School of Theology, a Master of Arts in American History and a Doctor of Philosophy in American History with a minor in Presidential/Congressional Relations from Bowling Green State University. Robert Dallek, professor of history emeritus at UCLA who now teaches at Stanford in Washington, will lead the seminar. Seminar participants will consider presidents’ ability to handle domestic and foreign policy leadership as well as personal qualities including vision, charisma, credibility, and communication and consensus-building skills. The seminar will focus on the administrations of three 20th century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency will be considered in the context of the Great Depression and World War II; John F. Kennedy’s presidency will be reviewed in the context of the Cold War; and Lyndon Johnson’s presidency will be discussed in the context of the Great Society and Vietnam.
The seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Visit the website cic.edu/AmericanHistory
for more information.
On Saturday, May 13, Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., will confer bachelor and master’s degrees during the 59th commencement exercises. Clyde S. Scoles, Director of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, will provide the commencement address. Receiving honorary doctoral degrees this year are Mr. Scoles and the late John F. Meier, retired CEO of Libbey, Inc.
Lourdes University’s commencement ceremony occurs at the SeaGate Convention Centre. Prior to the ceremony, the Baccalaureate Mass takes place at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on the campus grounds at 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The presider for Baccalaureate is Rev. Robert J. Wilhelm.
Both events are free and open to the public. For information about Lourdes University’s baccalaureate mass and commencement ceremonies, visit lourdes.edu/commencement.
Clyde S. Scoles Doctor of Letters, honoris causa Dedicating his career to championing Ohio libraries, Clyde S. Scoles has served as the Toledo Lucas County Public Library Director since 1985. He recently received the prestigious Ohio Library Council 2016 Hall of Fame Librarian Award for his lifetime of service and visionary reimagining of the library as an engaged, community-created asset.
Mr. Scoles’ previous leadership roles were with the Columbus Metropolitan and Zanesville libraries, the Ohio Legislative Reference Bureau in the Statehouse, the American Library Association, the Ohio Library Council and OHIONET, Inc. A Past Director/Trustee, Treasurer and President of the Council of Bibliographic and Information Technologies (CoBIT) in Columbus, he is a member and former judge of the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association for Library Building Awards, and serves on the Advisory Board of Wayne State University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
An author of several articles and publications in professional journals, Mr. Scoles received the Outstanding Service Humanitarian Award from the Toledo Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and was named one of twelve Men of the Year recipients from the Zanesville Jaycees.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. A lifelong learner, Mr. Scoles has led the Toledo Lucas County Public Library into the future by continually investing in new technologies and resources which keep the library a relevant and vital institution.
John F. Meier Doctor of Business, honoris causa A respected business professional, John F. Meier made his mark locally, nationally and worldwide. From 1993 until his retirement in 2011, he served as Chairman and CEO of Libbey Inc., the largest manufacturer and marketer of glass tableware in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Joining Libbey in 1970, his early career assignments were in the field of marketing and sales management. He assumed leadership of the company in 1990 and in 1993, led Libbey’s IPO process and became Chairman and CEO.
Possessing broad international business experience, Mr. Meier served in Belgium as the marketing and sales manager of a foreign subsidiary of Libbey from 1974 to 1979. His resume also included a number of international initiatives including the acquisition and divestiture of Libbey Canada and the creation of Libbey’s joint venture in Mexico – Crisa – which became a 100% wholly owned subsidiary in 2006.
His acquisition and divestiture experience included businesses in Belgium, Canada, England and Japan, countries where he also served as a Board of Directors. Throughout his career, Mr. Meier worked on international trade matters in our nation’s capital, most notably concerning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) proceedings. Additionally, he had extensive experience with regulatory agencies including the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Prior to his death, Mr. Meier served on Lourdes University’s President’s Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of Applied Industrial Technologies and Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., and was an emeritus board member of his alma mater Wittenberg University. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University.
The Sylvania Franciscan Village, the United Muslim Association of Toledo and the Franciscan Action Network are sponsoring the Toledo premiere of the documentary :
“The Sultan and the Saint” on Sunday, March 19 4:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania, OH
A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, the documentary presented by Unity Productions Foundation details the story of Muslim-Christian Peace. During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better. This amazing story is brought to life with dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato of St. Bonaventure University; Sr. Kathy Warren, Sisters of St. Francis; Suleiman Mourad, Smith College; Homayra Ziad, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies; Paul Moses, The Saint and the Sultan and others.
Although the event is free and open to the public, reservations are encouraged.
RSVP at: SultainSaintToledo.eventbrite.com.
The film is recommended for adults and children 12 and older. For more information about the documentary showing, contact Sophia Lloyd, director of the Sylvania Franciscan Village at email@example.com or 419-824-3533 or Dr. M.Y. Ahmed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-350-0115.
In less than two years, Jackie Moore and her husband, Michael, have achieved another milestone as they expand the TBIRC to include the space next to the center. “We have known we needed more space since the center opened,” Moore reported. “So we were delighted when this space next to us became available. We have big plans for each of the three rooms we will be adding.” Of the many possible programs Moore is looking to add, she is most enthusiastic about a nutrition program.
“Many with TBI, including me, lose their appetite and forget to eat and drink. The brain needs protein and hydration to function so we need to offer visual and tangible ways to help TBI participants to develop healthy eating habits. This is just one example of what we can do in our every day lives to further our recovery,” Moore related.
According to Moore, the new space will allow participants a place to make the no-sew fleece comfort blankets and do other crafting projects. There will also be a space for classes and support groups to meet, and even a multi media room along with a quiet room, which is so important for participants according to Moore. “This new space will also be used for our speech groups and offers us the opportunity to have an educational room where we can do ‘lunch and learn’ programs and presentations. We can have a recreational area with enough room for our two Wii games and a place to play corn hole. We will also have dinner and movie nights.”
“This additional space will allow us to use our present space for greeting new participants, taking care of administrative duties, to house our resource library and more,” noted Tracy Wilson who serves as Moore’s administrative assistant
Wilson also serves as a caretaker for her husband who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident two years ago. “She knows how to talk with and work with people with TBIs. She also complements me and what I do. She is very good at all those thing I need help with and we make a great team,” Moore explained.
“This is such a wonderful place,” Wilson said. “People who come here soon learn this is a judgment-free area. People are accepted for where they are.” People can enjoy support groups, speech, cognitive and memory groups and crafting opportunities. There are also educational seminars for healthcare professionals, students, survivors and caregivers.
“We started the center so that people who are survivors of traumatic brain injury, and their caregivers, have a safe place to go. We also serve as a resource center providing people with the kind of help they need,” Moore said. “There is no judgment here. We work as a team and everyone helps each other.”
According to Moore, people receive support, art and music therapy, nutrition assistance, counseling, help with paperwork, yoga classes, information about clinical trials, rehabilitation, crafts and much more. “We even have presentations by professionals pertaining to traumatic brain injury.”
Moore, who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an auto accident, cannot read or write and requires constant supervision. “After my injury, there was no information readily available and no support available. My husband, Michael, has been wonderful, helping me to put together all of this information so that we can share it with others who are in this same situation,” Moore said. “We are compiling quite a library for survivors and caregivers.
Participants come to the center during the week to hang out or to take part in some activity from making no-sew fleece comfort blankets and other activities. Scheduled speech, cognitive and memory groups and support groups meet regularly
Moore credits the generosity of the community with the center and all of its furnishings. “We have been extremely blessed to have the center and to receive so many donations and items to furnish it and make it work,” she stated.
In addition to the help the center has received from community donations, Moore and Wilson are hosting a fundraiser: “In An Instant” at the Pinnacle March 11 featuring guest speaker Lee Woodruff, best-selling author, speaker and caregiver to her husband, Bob Woodruff, a TBI survivor and ABC TV anchor.
Registration is from 4-5 p.m. with appetizers, books signing and viewing the live auction item. The program begins at 5 pm. with dinner at 5:25 p.m. The Woodruff speech at 6:15 p.m. Followed by the live auction at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center and tickets are available online at tbirc.org.
Lourdes University has expanded its Gray Wolves collegiate program to include eSports. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the school will be the first in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference to offer an eSports scholarship program.
“The addition of an eSports program promotes a holistic approach to collegiate athletics. As a liberal arts institution, we value and recognize the important aptitude and skills these students will bring to Lourdes University. Competitive video gaming requires students to possess excellent critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills – which are transferable to their academic pursuits. In addition, these individuals must follow a strong fitness regimen and have a healthy mind and spirit,” said President Mary Ann Gawelek.
Cory Cahill, assistant Men’s and Women’s Gray Wolves Volleyball Coach, is directing the eSports program. A former competitive gamer, his success in this popular and emerging sport helped pay for his college education.
Lourdes University is currently recruiting a part-time coach who will seek talented video gamers who have competed nationally and internationally in the high school and/or collegiate arena. The Gray Wolves eSports students will compete in two leagues – the National Association of Collegiate eSports and the Collegiate StarLeague.
As a Catholic and Franciscan University, Lourdes eSports student-athletes will focus on competitive video gaming without participating in any video gaming programs that feature first-person shooting. Lourdes President Dr. Gawelek emphasizes that this type of video gaming does not add any specific skill that is applicable to an individual’s academic studies.
The Lourdes University eSports Gray Wolves teams will play in the new Gaming Arena located in the rec center on campus. Non-student athletes will enjoy a new Gaming Room designed for recreational gamers and those affiliated with the university’s Gaming Society student organization.
High school and college students interested in competing on the inaugural Lourdes University eSports teams can visit:
As the fourth cohort gets ready to graduate after completing its 28-month study, the sixth cohort of the Lourdes University Nurse Anesthesia program is well into its first phase of the program. The 15 students spend most of their time in the classroom, however, each Monday they are in the Lourdes nurse anesthesia learning lab for three hours working with a group of human patient simulators or high fidelity manikins to develop skills prior to their clinical experiences. A favorite session of the faculty and students is titled the “puking patient,” requiring students to react quickly to what could be a very critical situation.
“Our students are exposed to a variety of experiences that prepare them for real life situations they will find as they move into their clinical experiences,” noted Dawn AuBuchon, MS, CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Director. Students begin rotating to one of the 15 different off-campus clinical sites beginning their second semester. The classroom and clinical experiences are integrated to offer students the opportunity to apply the theory they learn into actual practice. While the clinical experience increases, classroom instruction continues throughout the program.
“This is a very intense program and extracurricular employment is highly discouraged. Students spend approximately 60 hours per week in training for the entire 28 months,” AuBuchon pointed out. She said students who complete the program have experienced well over 2,000 clinical hours and have been involved in over 800 cases. “Our students are well trained and have no trouble finding a job. Our students have had 100% employment before graduating from the program. Many students have gone on to work in CRNA only practice, which is a type of practice allowing them to function in the capacity for what they are fully trained to do as nurse anesthetists. CRNAs can run their own businesses and contract with hospitals or can be hired by hospitals and other health care facilities,” she reported.
“Those who are accepted into the program must exhibit a high level of responsibility and a dedication to their patients and their career,” she noted.
In addition to the didactic and clinical training, AuBuchon said a top priority of the program is to help students learn self-care and wellness. “This is a very intense program, and it is important for students to find a balance with school, family, and their own needs in order to achieve a well-rounded career. This is why we developed a Wellness Program in fall of 2014. The wellness program has been one aspect of the program students love. Three times a year we plan group activities. One of the activities includes the students’ families as well,” AuBuchon said.
The program is for nurses who have a foundation of quality nursing practice, critical thinking, leadership, diversity, and a holistic nursing philosophy.
AuBuchon is currently working toward obtaining her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree. She said there are plans for Lourdes to offer a BSN to DNP program to begin in 2022 with its first graduates in 2025.
Dr. Patricia O’Connell, Lourdes University College of Business and Leadership professor, will travel on a global immersion tour with 13 students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. During the eight-day immersion, students will tour and meet with business executives as well as experience the region’s culture and traditions.
Sylvania residents Xavien Cohen and Haley MacRitchie are two of the MBA candidates who will depart Jan. 1 and return Jan. 9. This marks the seventh international immersion for MBA and Master of Organizational Leadership students. To date, the graduate program has offered immersions on four continents. Previous graduate cohorts have studied business, economy and culture in Brazil, China, England, Italy and South Africa.
MBA student Monica Morales has arranged a corporate connection with international colleagues. The Inside Sales specialist at Schindler Elevator in Holland, Ohio, worked with management to arrange a group tour for herself and fellow MBA candidates at the company’s headquarters in Dubai. In addition, Ms. Morales is excited to travel internationally for the first time and to meet and interact with other businesswomen. “It is my understanding that in Dubai, business women are quite accomplished and respected. The immersion offers me the opportunity to learn more firsthand and to see how other cultures conduct business overall,” said Ms. Morales.
Fellow MBA student Gregory O’Shea works as a quality intern at Pilkington North America, Inc. In that position, he regularly collaborates with engineers and supervisors in the U.S. and the United Kingdom to perform quality testing on production samples, maintain laboratory hardware and software, and generate regular quality reports.
The Dubai experience is even more special to MBA student Jonathan Farrell who has never flown. Owner of JF Landscaping, he currently serves as a marketing assistant intern and project manager at Interface Performance Materials, Inc. In this role, he works directly alongside the executive sales-leadership team handling sales projections, marketing communications and market expansion projects. “In our MBA program, we’ve learned that Dubai has a specific business culture. It is more laidback with less hierarchy and a mutual respect for everyone,” adds Mr. Farrell.
Many of the MBA students are excited to view all of Dubai’s architecture – from ultra-modern, to minimalist and classic design. This hub of the modern Middle East offers an eclectic landscape. In preparation for the immersion, Mr. Farrell, Ms. Morales and Mr. O’Shea have created a logo, and are planning to record and share the experience through blog posts, social media updates and photo and video uploads.
“We stand on the shoulders of those who were before us and look to the future based on the vision of the past,” said Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis.
“This year of celebration of our 100-year anniversary has been a time of reflection,” she added. “It’s as if the ‘DNA’ of the Sisters of St. Francis has been passed on through the years and will continue on in the years to come.”
In 1916, a small group of Franciscans from Rochester, Minn., moved to Toledo to teach Polish immigrants in city Catholic schools. The next year, those 23 women under the direction of Sister Mary Adelaide Sandusky managed to purchase 89 acres of farmland in Sylvania and formally established the Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Francis, Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes of Sylvania.
Through the years, they have answered the call for education, healthcare, social work, religious education, parish and spiritual direction, outreach to the elderly, and meeting the needs of the poor and marginalized.
“We build collaborations with those who share our mission and our values, ” Sister Mary Jon stated. “We are called, we plan, develop and build. Then we form partnerships and turn projects over under our sponsored ministry. We are not silos. We reach out and connect with our lay brothers and sisters who share the Franciscan spirit and ministry.”
For example, Lourdes University was originally founded for those entering the Sisters of St. Francis order. Through the years, the institution evolved and admitted some lay women. Later, Mercy School of Nursing personnel needed an educational component for its nursing students and Lourdes, under the auspices of the Sisters of St. Francis, admitted nursing students some of whom were men, which led to the inclusion of both male and female students. First a school, then a college and now a university, which evolved into today’s institution, the administration has been taken over by lay partners met the Sisters’ goal as sponsor.
“The Sisters of St. Francis continue in a sponsorship role and we have members of our leadership team who sit on the board of trustees,” Sister Mary Jon reported.
She cited the movement of Franciscan healthcare to a large Catholic healthcare management company as another example of the Sisters’ business vision. “We answer the call, we fill the need, then we find partners to hand off the facilities so we can find and fill other needs,” she explained. “We live the Gospel and do whatever it is that we are called to do. We take what we have and we build on that in keeping with our mission and values that have remained in place for the last 100 years. That legacy will always continue as we walk with one another and continue to form partnerships with those who share our mission. We are all in this together. We share the joy and spirit of one another.”
She added, “Our legacy will continue as we keep our vision alive and become those shoulders for the next group to stand on.”
Lourdes University Director of Undergraduate Admissions Shawn T. Bussell announced transfer-friendly equivalencies for ITT students. “As a university that has long provided strong undergraduate programs for working adults and transfer students, Lourdes welcomes any former ITT student who wishes to complete his or her bachelor’s degree,” said Mr. Bussell. Transfer scholarships are also available.
In September, ITT Educational Services, a for-profit educational company, announced it was closing nearly all of its campuses leaving current ITT students unable to fulfill their undergraduate degree at that institution.
To assist these students, Lourdes University Admissions and Financial Aid representatives are available to help determine the number of credits that will transfer as well as available financial aid.
A private Catholic institution of higher education, Lourdes University, the Higher Learning Commission and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education accredits its business programs. Former ITT students can enroll at Lourdes to complete their Bachelor of Science degree in one or more of the following majors: accounting, business administration, health care administration, human resource management, integrated business, and marketing.
Interested students can contact an admissions representative at: 419/885-5291 or 800/878-3210, ext. 5291.