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Lasseigne Newman Civic Fellow

Our Lady of the Lake College Student Named
Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

Baton Rouge, LA –  From across the country, college and university presidents ⎯ all members of Campus Compact ⎯ have nominated promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows.  Among the Newman Civic Fellows Award honorees for 2015 is OLOL College student Emily Lasseigne, who through her service, research, and advocacy, is making the most of her college experiences to better understand the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

“Emily is a strong student leader, always ready to serve,” explains Tina S. Holland, Ph.D., President of Our Lady of the Lake College.  “Her desire to help others leads her to think sincerely and critically about social issues and to creatively devise a solution.”

Emily Lasseigne is in her fourth year pursuing a Biology degree in Human Medicine. For four years she has served in leadership roles on campus. She has mentored freshmen and college-bound high school students, she has worked collaboratively as the Beta Sigma Mu President to make information available to pre-advanced degree seeking students, and she serves presently in the highest office of the Student Ambassador (SA) Leadership Program.  Sparked by an experience volunteering with a hospice organization, Lasseigne has demonstrated a desire to raise awareness for end-of-life directives, and this calling ultimately led to an extra-curricular research project.  Currently she plans to help others by becoming a Physician Assistant.

“I have a passion for the political and emotional issues that arise when an individual is dying,” Lasseigne says.  “There is a lack of education on the importance of completing advanced directives, and I have recently finished a research project addressing end-of-life issues and determining better ways to educate individuals on the matter. “

Lasseigne is among two hundred student leaders honored by Campus Compact for their leadership and inspirational commitment to serving the community.   According to Campus Compact, “This year’s record amount of Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for engagement and change through online networking.  In keeping with their generation’s emphasis on networks over hierarchies, Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for Fellows.“

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College (NY). 

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million+ students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit http://www.compact.org.

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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.


Celebrating Catholic Higher Ed. Week

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.

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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.


Spring 2015 Commencement

Graduation Ceremony

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. 

Event Parking

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.

Tickets

There are no tickets for this Graduation Ceremony.  There is no limit placed on how many guests you may invite. 

Accessible Seating

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.

Pictures

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.

Ceremony Etiquette

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.


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