Baton Rouge, LA – Our Lady of the Lake College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the seventh time that Our Lady of the Lake College has been named to the Honor Roll and the third time to be named to the Honor Roll “with Distinction.”
This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. This year 196 colleges and universities across the United States were recognized with the Honor Roll with Distinction for their strong institutional commitment to service.
Our Lady of the Lake College was the only Louisiana institution of higher education named to the Interfaith Community Service Category Honor Roll with Distinction of the 43 colleges and universities selected in that category for the 2014 application.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006. It chooses institutions for recognition based on their achievements in general community service or in one of two special focus areas which align with the President’s education and innovation priorities. Schools recognized with “Distinction" additionally share a key characteristic: that there is evidence that their service has made measurable improvement in the community.
“Our goals for our students reflect the mission of Our Lady of the Lake College. Their time with us provides them with an understanding of what it means to serve,” explains Tina S. Holland, Ph.D., Our Lady of the Lake College President. “Our holistic approach to learning fosters a sense of individual purpose as our students encounter increasingly complex moral and ethical questions. Whether called to work within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System or well beyond the borders of Louisiana, our students will graduate with a firm foundation upon which to build successful, purposeful, and faith-filled lives.”
Our Lady of the Lake College has developed a national reputation for service in the community. In 2011 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named OLOL College to an elite list of institutions designated with the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. This classification put OLOL College into a select group of 311 higher education institutions in the United States recognized for their student’s engaged service in the community through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.
On a campus of approximately 1750 students, over 1400 Our Lady of the Lake College students participated in community service of some kind during the award’s timeframe, giving almost 47,000 total service hours to the community. According to DatabankUSA, the estimated dollar value of a volunteer hour for Louisiana is $18.71, which translates to over $879,000 worth of service offered through our community partners.
CNCS manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
“Service and higher education go hand in hand,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “These schools are inspiring young leaders to roll up their sleeves and work alongside community members to solve problems. By recognizing the institutions who are leading the way to achieve meaningful, measurable results for the communities they serve, we also highlight the vital role all colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”
The entire list of schools recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll can be accessed at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/ .
Offering master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs. Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL), the school that evolved into Our Lady of the Lake College holds to a Franciscan tradition of service, offer a healing and spiritual presence for the community and especially those most in need.
For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, Communications Coordinator, at 225-768-1700.
Baton Rouge, LA – Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College, has recently received recognition from two national academic organizations, the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.
During the American Academy of Nursing’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 18, 2014, in Washington, DC., Dr. Skemp was inducted as a American Academy of Nursing Fellow, an award that recognizes individuals for their leadership in education, management, and policy focused on improving health. Being named an Academy fellow is a prestigious honor that is, according to the American Academy of Nursing selection criteria, based on the “extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.”
Academy fellows represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries. In the 2014 class of 168 nurse leaders, Dr. Skemp was the only individual inducted from the state of Louisiana.
Additionally, during the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific meeting held on November 5-9, 2014 in Washington, DC, Dr. Skemp was awarded GSA fellow status. GSA fellowship is peer recognition for outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology. This distinction recognizes activities that include research, teaching, administration, and public service.
Dr. Skemp, who serves as Our Lady of the Lake College’s Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimons Endowed Chair of Gerontological Nursing, organizes interdisciplinary participation in gerontological study and encourages student involvement in gerontology practice and research. She draws upon her experience as a nurse scholar to promote health and quality of life for elders by encouraging regional research collaborations and conducting domestic and international research related to healthy aging.
Offering doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent Catholic institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs. Established in 1923 as a nursing school by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL), Our Lady of the Lake College holds to a Franciscan tradition of service, offering a healing and spiritual presence for the community and especially those most in need.
For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, OLOL College Communications, at 225-768-1700.
Baton Rouge, LA - Over 160 Our Lady of the Lake College students were conferred master’s, bachelor’s or associate degrees during the College’s commencement exercises held on Friday, December 19.
During his keynote speech, Reverend Matthew P. Lorrain, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly, Louisiana talked about the importance of mentors to the success of new graduates. Father Lorrain was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and appointed Vocation Director from 2005-2012 after having served in several parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. A long-time advocate of catholic education and vocation, Father Lorrain is a current Our Lady of the Lake College Board Trustee.
The College awarded its Student Excellence and Commitment to Service Award to Bridget Jones, a bachelor’s degree in nursing graduate. In addition to maintaining a very high gpa, Bridget Jones was an outstanding a leader for the college’s Student Nurses Association (SNA), and served as the Louisiana state SNA President and regional representative at conferences in Tennessee and the Carolinas. A strong advocate for breast cancer awareness, Bridget organized annual walks that involved hundreds of students. She also helped implement a fundraising project for children in Haiti and assisted with CI HealthCare Days, an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to actively learn about healthcare careers. When asked to name one of her future professional goals, Bridget always includes her desire to “help others as a registered nurse who practices the daily ‘spirit of healing’ by helping the patient’s family members as well as the patient – one day at a time.”
Anticipating trends in healthcare, the College has transitioned away from offering Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and now only offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. This graduation ceremony featured the College’s first foundational BSN class.
School of Arts, Sciences, and Health Professions
Master of Health Administration
Maegan Dunn, Jessica Miller, Jan Pennington
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Kynesha Johnson, Regan Thomas, Marquis Heard
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Erika Coates, Alicia Joseph, Gavin Montgomery, Chelcee Pollock, Megan Schoonover, Alexis Stratmann, Kali Vicknair, Danielle Williams
Bachelor of Science in Health Service Administration
School of Nursing
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Jerred Anderson, Kayla Brubaker, Meagan Champagne, Jeremy Dufrene, Parker Ellis, Jodi Fremin, Trevor Grau, Nathan Hanberry, Sam Heath, Travis Hibbert, John Hoffpauir, Douglas Hymel, Michael Johnson, James Keith, Courtney Kelly, Kathryn Kelly, Paul Lafleur, Richard Levy, Deron Lewis, Jarrod Peters, Christina Prendergast, Emily Smith, Brendan Weishaar, Justin Williams, Matthew Williams, Alex Wimberley, Robyn Wriborg
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sarah Aldridge, Alissa Allen, Shelley Allison, Clayton Alombro, Kristin Alonso, Brandi Anderson, Elizabeth Antoon, Taylor Azar, Katie Ballard, Sunnybrooke Banks, Latoya Barnes, Brittany Barnett, Kalynn Bell, Natalie Bertucci, Heather Best, Erica Blank, Patricia Boguslawski, Nicholas Boone, Raymond Boudreaux, Reva Broussard, Maxwell Breaux, Kristen Bridges, Shalecia Brown, Tracy Burgess, Kayla Cannon, Lyndsi Carter, Christi Chaves, Kassie Claverie, Kenndrica Crum, Kenneth Crum, Lindsey Cullen, Charrisa Culpepper, Alisha Davis, Christopher Davis, Dara Deitch, Kristian Dijamco, Halie Domiano, Morgan Ducote, Ashton Dupuy, Ariyeil Edwards, Ashley Escoe, Daniel Flynn, Lorri Fontenot, Kelli Galiano, Sonjac George, Anita Gilbert, Alicia Giraldo, Margaret Godfrey, Amanda Grzych, Elizabeth Hammett, Kari Hartley, Robert Hawkes, Kristie Henderson, Blake Hoff, Shelly Holder, Tara Hollins, Sarah Holtmyer, Eric Hymel, Lashelle Johnson, Bridget Jones, Kareen Kaltakdjian, Kristopher Kindschuh, Sarah Kolbe, Evan Laiche, Chloe Lawson, Christine Leblanc, Kaelyn LeBlanc, Cassie Lemoine, Melissa Marcantel, Danielle Martrain, Jowana MᶜCaskill, Anastasia McPherson Richardson, Megan McIntosh, Storie Melancon, Natalie Mills Miller, Jessica Moran, Christine Mullally, Rachael Nethken, Sarah Nicholas, Laura Parsons, Caroline Pourciau, Sheena Powell, Isabella Prehn, Jessalyn Prejean, Amberlee Roaden, Charley Roberson, Chase Robert, Naydean Ruffin, Carla Salvatore Bimmler, Danette Scherer, Janeka Scott, Rachael Searcy, Kristen Self, Jessica Simoneaux, Ashleigh Smith, Jarred Smith, Rebecca Smith, Laura Spell, Magahn Stanga, Bradley Taylor, Janie Theriot, Ashley Thornton, Tiffani Traina, Sally Trammell, Megan Vollenweider, Amanda Wallner, Kayeli Watts, Vance White, Molly Whitmore, Leonie Woollery, Caitlin Yeager, Brittany Young, Xiomara Zelaya, Helaine Zito
Associate of Science in Nursing
Nicole Anthony, Ashley Chambers, Rachel Guillory, Kimberly Hutchinson, Ethel Nelson, Tuesday Netherland, Brittany Templet
Note: Graduate list is subject to change. List provided is accurate as of 12/12/14.
Our Lady of the Lake College, located in Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge, is a four-year, independent institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing our highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs. A private organization founded in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, we stand as the sole Catholic college in the greater Baton Rouge region.