Lifelong Learning programs set for March

•Thinking Outside the Box: Number 6-a Perfect Number –March 3, 10-11:30 a.m.;

•Painting Wooden Plates–March 7-28, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.;

•Wine Lover’s Toolbox–March 7-21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.;

•Bridge Basics–March 8-22, 12-2:30 p.m.;

•Austen’s “Emma”-March 8-22, 1-2:15 p.m.;

•Films of Alfred Hitchcock–March 12-26, 12-3 p.m.;

•Immigration and the United States–March 14-28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.;

•Taoist Tai Chi–March 14-April 11, 11 a.m.-noon.

All program have a fee and take place in various locations on the Lourdes campus. Visit or call 419/824-3707.

Interest-free loans available to students

Lourdes University students can apply for interest-free loans through a new $100,000 grant provided by the Charles E. Schell Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. The award allows Lourdes to provide interest-free educational assistance loans to qualified students.

Since 1997, the foundation has awarded a total of $300,000 in grant funding to Lourdes University. The first grant created a selffunding student loan program within Lourdes University that has continued to provide financial resources for current students as previous loans are repaid. This latest grant will be added to the proceeds to assist current and future Lourdes students.

To apply,students must be a citizen of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia; be between the ages of 18 and 25; be in good standing at the institution; and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

“We are excited to once again receive this generous grant from the Schell Foundation and Fifth Third Bank. Students appreciate this opportunity to make receiving their college education even more affordable” said Cindy Hurst, Lourdes University director of corporate, foundation and government relations.

Lourdes students depart for spring break mission trips

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 21 Lourdes students and three staff members departed for mission trips to either Florida or Guatemala. For students traveling to Pensacola, this year marks the 20th year that the Lourdes University Department of Campus Ministry is participating in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge Spring Break.

Students traveling to Guatemala will be participating in a new venture, volunteering at Valley of the Angels Orphanage in Guatemala City. The mission trips are made possible through Lourdes University’s Linking Interest, Needs and Knowledge student organization.

Throughout the past 20 years, more than 230 Lourdes students, faculty, staff and alumni have assisted nearly 30 families build a safe home in 21 cities and 10 states. “The love and support of the Lourdes community has always accompanied each team as they went out to serve. Lourdes University believes that as a community and as individuals we should develop and share our gifts with the broader community,” says Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry

Franciscan/Life Learning March events

The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University announced its early March 2016 slate of events including:

Wednesday, March 2
The 2016 Power of the Pen Regional Tournament runs from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. POP is Ohio’s leading interscholastic program in written expression. Sponsored by ProMedica and Lourdes University, students from several middle and junior high schools throughout the region compete to move onto the state finals in May. Visit

Sunday, March 6
The Sylvania Community Orchestra offers a concert at 4 p.m. All concerts for the 2015-2016 season are open to the public with donations suggested and greatly appreciated. The orchestra is a community, volunteer-based group. Visit

Mondays, March 7, 14, 21
The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program offers “A Wine Lover’s Toolbox… what every wine lover should know about wine” with certified wine specialist and cofounder of Veritas Cork & Craft, Nicholas A. Kubiak. The three-week class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Monday evening. $64 for members; $76 nonmembers. For more information, visit, email or call 419/824- 3707.

Lifelong Learning Classes
A Conversation About Mathematics
March 1-22 (4 weeks) Tuesdays, 10 to 12 p.m.
Room Location: St. Agnes Hall 167

Thinking Outside the Box: Number 6–A Perfect Number
March 2 (meets once) Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Room Location: Canticle Center 148

Painting Wooden Plates
March 7-28 (4 weeks) Mondays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Room Location: Canticle Center 168

Ninth annual WAVE Festival planned

In honor of National Women’s History Month, Lourdes University will host the ninth annual W.A.V.E. (Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs) Festival on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.

Created as a way to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of women throughout the region, W.A.V.E. is a juried indoor exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts such as ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, pottery and paintings. This year’s festival features work from more than 60 exhibitors and a variety of live entertainment.Guests can also enter to win prizes donated by some of the exhibitors and enjoy refreshments.

Proceeds from the 2016 W.A.V.E. Festival will go to Rebekah’s Haven, a shelter for homeless women in need with small children, providing hope and a safe place to stay. In past years, beneficiaries of the festival have included Aurora House, Bethany House, Family Promise of Greater Toledo House, Harbor House, Second Chance, and Women Blessing Women. Email or visit for more information.

Business students provide service to Padua Center

On Monday, Feb. 8, two Lourdes University College of Business and Leadership classes completed a site visit at Padua Center, 1416 Nebraska Avenue, in Toledo, Ohio, in preparation for future service learning projects. Each classis defining its group project that will provide marketing and management assistance to Padua Center. Additionally, each student is required to define and complete an individual volunteer component.

As part of a service requirement, the Padua Center projects afford students the opportunity to integrate outreach experiences into academic course content. The goal of service learning at Lourdes University is to provide experiences that benefit the broader civic community and enhance student learning

‘Creating the Culture’ is focus of Magliochetti Leadership Summit

“Business as a Noble Profession: Creating the Culture” is the theme of the 2016 Joseph M. Magliochetti Leadership Summit on Wednesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. Hosted by the Lourdes University College of Business & Leadership and the Master of Organizational Leadership Alumni, the event will take place at the Park Inn by Radisson in downtown Toledo.

Vicki Escarra
Vicki Escarra

The Joseph M. Magliochetti Leadership Summit is recognized as the greater Toledo region’s foremost event dedicated to realizing business as a noble profession. “We are pleased to welcome two very fascinating and exemplary women leaders in business as our key panelists for the fourth Joseph M. Magliochetti Leadership Summit. Both Vicki Escarra and Haley Thomas will share their personal and professional experiences on the challenges and successes of ‘creating the culture’ to lead nobly within a global business world,” says Ryan Butt, J.D., Dean of the College of Business and Leadership. Escarra is the chief executive officer of Opportunity International, an organization working to end global poverty by creating and sustaining 20 million jobs by 2020. Thomas is the director of sales and marketing at Ballreich Bros. Inc., an Ohio manufacturer and distributor of potato chips and snacks.

Haley Thomas
Haley Thomas

For more information on the Joseph M. Magliochetti Endowed Chair in Finance and the leadership summit, visit

Red Cross Club at Lourdes to host blood drive

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Red Cross Club of Lourdes University will host a blood drive in the Franciscan Center gymnasium, 6832 Convent Blvd. The blood drive runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30,p.m.

Lourdes’ Red Cross Club was established in 2014 by senior Megan Mosiniak. A Swanton, Ohio, resident, Megan is a social work major and Gray Wolves softball student-athlete. She was inspired to start the club after being part of the elite NAIA/Red Cross Leadership Program,in which she was among 13 students chosen nationally during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Those wishing to give blood at Lourdes University are asked to make an appointment by calling 517/920-2070. Register online at using the code LOURDES. Donors must present a photo ID at appointment.

Day trips planned for Lourdes Lifelong Learning participants

The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering fun and informational events as well as travel opportunities. The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering hassle-free travel opportunities.

Day Trips
Prices include all admissions and bus fare, where applicable.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Springboro, Ohio
Thursday, March 24
Cost: $95 for members; $115 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes U parking lot M at 7:30 a.m., returning by 6 p.m. Lunch included

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a timeless classic that has touched audiences around the world for over 50 years with its humor, warmth and honesty. The original production won 10 Tony Awards including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You can be there when the sun rises on this new production. It’s a heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” “Fiddler On the Roof” will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio, has been offering Broadway-style shows since 1975. For each production, talent is cast from auditions in New York City as well as in the Dayton, Ohio, area, ensuring that the performers in these productions are the absolute best available. Attendees will enjoy a sumptuous lunch with signature salads, chef carved meats, Norwegian cod, a variety of pastas and fresh vegetables, fresh baked breads, dishes to represent the “flavor” of the current production and sweet potato soufflé.

Fires of Ann Arbor
Tuesday, April 12
Cost: $91 for members; $111 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 a.m. returning by 6 p.m. Lunch included

From the fiery heat of a kiln to the cool of a firehouse, this is a fabulous tour! Begin with a private tour of Motawi Tileworks and observe the art of making unique ceramic tiles. Beautiful and functional, the tiles are the result of painstaking work throughout this 12,000 square foot facility. Lunch will be at the renowned Metzger’s Restaurant, a European style establishment with 80 years of service.

After a filling German lunch, explore the Michigan Firehouse Museum with a guide. The Museum is a restored 1898 firehouse with engaging exhibits including a fire engine steamer replete with horses, antique fire trucks and early fire rigs, equipment, memorabilia and the largest collection of fire truck bells in the country. Next, a step-on guide will give a tour of Ann Arbor including the Michigan Stadium, the Library of the Law Quadrangle, the UM Carillon and the historic Kerrytown district.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is an exciting educational program at Lourdes University. Open to all interested men and women, the only requirement for participation is an interest in ongoing learning. Lifelong Learning participants enjoy classes on a wide variety of academic subjects, educational field trips and monthly lectures featuring guest speakers. All activities are open to both members and nonmembers. To RSVP or for more information about Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning programming, visit

Fundraiser to benefit Lourdes mission

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, bd’s Mongolian Grill is the site for the 5th Annual Lourdes University Spring Break Mission Trips fundraiser. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at 5001 Monroe Street at the Franklin Park Mall and is offered through Lourdes University’s Department of Campus Ministry and the Linking Interest, Needs and Knowledge student organization.

Guest grillers for the event include Lourdes President David Livingston, Ph.D.; vice president for mission and ministry Sr. Ann Carmen Barone, OSF; associate professor of biology and health sciences Chris Boudrie, M.D.; assistant professor of history and first year experience director Dwayne Beggs, Ph.D.; executive director of residence life Andy Ham; and director of campus safety and security Michelle McDevitt.

Tickets are $25 each (age 11 and up) and include one bowl of stir-fry, soup, salad, soft drink and tax (tip not included). Tickets for children ages 4-10 are just $10 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance through campus minister Laureen Knueven by email or by phone at 419/824-3765.z Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance.

“We are pleased to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year of service to those individuals and communities in need. Our Spring Break Mission Trips allow students the chance to serve the greater community while strengthening and developing their team building and personal leadership skills,” says Ms. Knueven.

This year, 21 students and 3 staff members will participate in the mission trips. The students will depart later this month for one of two locations: Pensacola, Fla. as part of a Habitat for Humanity initiative or Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The LINK-sponsored mission trips are open to students in good academic standing. The cost of the trips is $400 per participant for the Habitat for Humanity Florida mission and $1100 for the Guatemala mission; plus a non-refundable $25 deposit.