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Our Lady of the Lake College Welcomes New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Judith V. Roberson recently joined Our Lady of the Lake College (OLOL College) as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  Her 28-year career in higher education has included transformational work for the University of New Orleans and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where she played a leadership role in creating a comprehensive advancement program and grew relationships with new and existing donors through a grateful client program. 

Roberson brings to OLOL College a career of increasing professional responsibility and outstanding experience.  Other institutions where she has held leadership roles include Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Sallie Mae, Nellie Mae and Stamats Higher Education Marketing.    Her responsibility as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Our Lady of the Lake College is to establish a high-performing institutional advancement office and to develop philanthropic support for the strategic and master campus plan of the College.  Through collaboration with alumni and friends, the current campus will be transformed into a state-of-the-art “academic village” featuring healthcare education facilities.

Roberson holds a BS in Management from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MA in Agency Counseling from Louisiana State University and A & M College.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and serves on the Baton Rouge AFP National Philanthropy Day Committee.

Roberson attends St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville, Louisiana.  She is married to Kenneth and has one son, Kendrick, who attends Southeastern Louisiana University.    

For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, Communications Coordinator, 225-490-1637. 

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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.


Welcomes New Director of Campus Ministry

Baton Rouge, LA – Tammy Vidrine recently joined Our Lady of the Lake College as the Director of Campus Ministry.  Vidrine will be responsible for organizing a program of religious and spiritual outreach to the college community -- students, faculty, administration, trustees and staff.  In addition, she will be reaching out to and forming ongoing relationships with the greater community including, but not limited to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the College’s many community partner organizations throughout the greater Baton Rouge area, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, and the family of services throughout the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

Before joining Our Lady of the Lake College, Vidrine served as Certification Coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge where she assisted in the development of online theology courses for basic certification and a methodology course for Catholic Sexual Morality for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. For thirteen years, she served as Youth Ministry Coordinator for three levels of youth ministry at Holy Rosary Parish in St. Amant, Louisiana, was also a member of Parish Council and taught Religious Education classes for the parish for fifteen years. She is a lector, retreat facilitator, and motivational speaker for ministries in the parish.  She is the recipient of the Ascension Parish Volunteer of the Year award for her work in education and youth.

For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, Communications Coordinator, 225-490-1637. 

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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, master’s, 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.


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.


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