Late in life Anita Gautreaux returned to college to earn a nursing degree. Today she serves her community as a caring long-term care nurse and also as a Eucharistic minister. Her service earned her the Order of St. Louis IX award, given to laity for exceptional service to the Church.
Well-loved by her classmates, Anita Gautreaux was known for sharing prayers with her class before difficult tests. This non-traditional student (she was in her fifties during her time in school) was selected by her peers to be the vice-president for the Student Nurses Association (SNA), and during her term she helped to develop an SNA commitment to the FMOL’s Mission in Haiti and to breast cancer awareness.
Anita is a registered floor nurse in Long Term Care at the Post Acute Specialty Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana. As a nurse, Anita is committed to her Catholic values, serving all her patients with love, care and compassion. “If my patient is dying I pray with them and prepare their families for their loved one’s passing. Every Sunday a Eucharistic minister comes to the hospital, so I ask my Catholic patients if they would like to receive Communion or if they are not Catholic if they would like the Minister to pray with them. My faith is part of who I am and everyone at the hospital knows it.”
On February 1, 2016 Anita will be recognized as a Distinguished Graduation of Our Lady of the Lake College at the annual Baton Rouge Diocese Dinner.
Jason Kutinac a Health Service Administration graduate from 2006 is now living in League City, Texas. This is what he says about his dreams and how Our Lady of the Lake College helped him to achieve them:
“During school I dreamed of gaining enough knowledge to advance my career so I could serve patients and clinicians. That dream has taken me to an MBA and a leadership position for a large private healthcare provider in Texas. I find myself constantly inspired by the mission and vision of the Franciscan Sisters.”
Dr. Alison Wells recently joined Our Lady of the Lake College as Dean of Students. Before coming to Our Lady of the Lake College, she served as Assistant Dean within the Dean of Students Office at The University of Houston (UH) from 2009-2015. Previously she served as Director of Student Activities and First Year Experiences at Houston Baptist University as well as an Activities Advisor at UH. Dr. Wells also served as an adjunct faculty member for the online Masters in Higher Education Program at the UH.
She brings to OLOL College over 11 years in higher education administration across a variety of disciplines including campus activities, Greek life, student conduct, commuter student services, parent and family programs, campus traditions, and first year programs.
Dr. Wells will be responsible for supporting the mission of the College by creating and maintaining a safe, healthy, and supportive environment and culture that synthesizes the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of our students in a holistic way.
Most recently Dr. Wells was the recipient of the UH Division of Student Affair’s “Outstanding Professional of Excellence” award and has also received national recognition from The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) receiving awards for her work with commuter students as well as her doctoral research for her dissertation titled, “The Asian American College Experience at a Diverse Institution: Campus Climate as a Predictor of Sense of Belonging.”
Dr. Wells received her Ed.D. from the University of Houston, M.Ed. from Texas State University, and B.S. from Louisiana State University. She and her husband, Caleb, recently moved to Baton Rouge from Texas, and are excited to become members of both the OLOL family and the Baton Rouge community.
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About Our Lady of the Lake College
Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, Our Lady of the Lake College now provides doctoral, masters, baccalaureate, and associate degrees primarily related to healthcare and infused with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The Our Lady of the Lake College academic community has worked diligently during the past decade to both expand upon the College’s traditions of academic excellence and service to the community and to create a united campus, better able to meet student and community needs.