Our Lady of the Lake College Holds
‘Celebrating Catholic Higher Education’ Week
Baton Rouge, LA – Our Lady of the Lake College has a reputation as both a top-notch applied liberal arts and healthcare-focused school and as a committed Catholic institution―the only Catholic institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana outside of the New Orleans area (and the only Franciscan college in the southeastern United States.) As part of this commitment, Our Lady of the Lake College holds an annual 'Celebrating Catholic Higher Education Week,' which sets aside a time to focus on the value of learning within a Catholic Franciscan tradition. This year the celebration was held March 16-20, 2015.
Events in 2015 featured topics from a student perspective. Nursing student Jeff Green spoke during the Prayer Breakfast on Monday about his trip to Haiti with others from Our Lady of the Lake College (four nursing students, two pre-med students, one respiratory therapy student, one nursing faculty member and one family member.) The group traveled to Respire’ Haiti school where they volunteered for seven days painting, cleaning, assessing and treating walk-in patients. On Wednesday, four students gave a thoughtful panel presentation about their experiences related to discerning vocation.
Other events included a Campus Mass led by Father Matt Lorrain, Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Our Lady of the Lake College Board Trustee, and later in the week there was a blessing of the College’s new simulation labs and St. Joseph altar attended by the College’s Board of Trustees.
Pope Francis called Catholic education “one of the most important challenges for the Church, currently committed to new evangelization in an historical and cultural context that is undergoing constant transformation.” During this week members of the College discussed the challenges and benefits of Catholic higher education; and the responsibilities of meeting the needs of the underserved and underprivileged throughout the world.
“The goal of Celebrating Catholic Higher Education Week is to give us the opportunity to talk about themes essential to our Franciscan roots,” explained Barbara Napoli, Chair of the College’s Mission Effectiveness Committee. “It is our hope to use this time to strengthen our academic, service-oriented and faith-based community and to build fresh connections between students and our Catholic traditions.”
For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, Communications Coordinator, 225-490-1637.
About Our Lady of the Lake College
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. To learn more about Our Lady of the Lake College, please visit www.ololcollege.edu.
The Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Baton Rouge River Center Arena on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM. The doors will open at 1:30 PM, unless it rains, in which case the doors will open at 1:00 PM. Graduates should arrive no later than 2:00 PM. The address is 275 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802.
The entire ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. If you are making dinner plans, please allow time for Graduates to pick up their diploma and for exiting the garage. If you park on an upper level, it can take as long as 30 minutes or so to make your way down to the exit.
Parking is available in the parking garages for a cash fee of $5, or you may attempt to find parking on the streets. Be early to ensure speedy parking and a timely arrival. A delay could be caused with everyone trying to get into the parking garages, so please plan accordingly. Please note that St. Ferdinand Street and St. Louis Street are now 2-way streets. There are now 3 entrances to the River Center Garages. Please click here to see the updated map.
There are no tickets for this Graduation Ceremony. There is no limit placed on how many guests you may invite.
There will be accessible seating available in the Baton Rouge River Center. There are elevators in the building for your convenience. Student Ambassadors, College staff, and Baton Rouge River Center Employees will be located around the building to assist you in finding your way. Therefore, it is not necessary to make arrangements for accessible seating prior to the commencement ceremony.
Spencer Studios will be on hand on Graduation Day to take pictures of each Graduate. You will be allowed to take photos during the Ceremony; however, we ask that you remain seated at all times to ensure visibility for other families.
Although we want you to enjoy the ceremony, please remember that it is an academic ceremony of dignity. There are numerous distinguished guests and dignitaries present, including the members of the Board of Trustees and representatives of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.
Families are encouraged to stand and recognize their graduate as they receive their diploma. Your enthusiasm and excitement is warranted; however, the use of air horns or other artificial noisemakers is inappropriate.
Baton Rouge, LA – On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Our Lady of the Lake College held the inauguration of Tina S. Holland, PhD, the fourth President of Our Lady of the Lake College.
The inauguration ceremony, which took place at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, was attended by a broad representation of students, friends and members of the College as well as civic and healthcare leaders including the Honorable Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana, Melvin “Kip” Holden, J.D., Mayor-President of Baton Rouge and Joseph C. Rallo, PhD, Commissioner of Higher Education of the Louisiana Board of Regents. Civic, religious and educational leaders as well as members of the College and an alumna spoke during the program to express best wishes to the president.
Institutions of higher education use Presidential inaugurations as an opportunity to formally welcome new leadership and to mark a new vision for the future of the institution. During the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Holland shared aspects her vision for the College: to grow educational programs to meet both the needs of students and the community, and to further develop the physical campus, and “in so doing we hope to establish a true sense of place for our campus—a place where we build students professionally, personally and spiritually—to be leaders and servants.”
Earlier in the day an Inaugural Mass was also held at St. Joseph Cathedral. The Mass was officiated by the Most Reverend Robert W. Muench, Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
With the installation of Dr. Holland, Our Lady of the Lake College begins a new chapter in its nearly 100 year history. Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, the School of Nursing began as a school of nursing in conjunction with the establishment of Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium in the Capitol Lake area of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Revising the curriculum over the years to incorporate advances in medical science, nursing practice and nursing education the school transitioned to a degree-granting institution of higher education in 1989. By July of 1995 the College was officially renamed Our Lady of the Lake College, earning full accreditation to offer associate degrees.
After serving as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for the LSU System and Chancellor at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, James W. Firnberg EdD served as the College’s first President from 1993 to 1999. Under his leadership the institution transitioned into an institution accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees. Michael Smith, PhD served as President from 1999-2006, and was followed by Sandra S. Harper, PhD from 2006-2013.
Currently the College offers a full range of applied arts and science and clinical degrees, now offering associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 25 areas of study include arts and sciences, biology, clinical laboratory sciences, health sciences, liberal studies, nursing, nurse anesthesia, physical therapist assisting, physician assistant studies, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy.
In addition to an emphasis on academic excellence, Our Lady of the Lake College has continued a promise to serve others begun by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, earning national recognition for its commitment to do service in the community.
For a complete bio for Dr. Holland go to www.ololcollege.edu/office-of-the-president/president-biography
To learn more about Our Lady of the Lake College, please visit www.ololcollege.edu.
For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, OLOL College Communications, at 225-768-1700.