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Our Lady of the Lake College welcomes New Dean of Students

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.

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.


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.


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