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College Announces Name Change

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady announced on October 4, 2016 that Our Lady of the Lake College will change its name to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. The announcement was made by Sr. Barbara Arceneaux, Provincial for the Sisters. Founded in 1923, Our Lady of the Lake College is the only Catholic Franciscan institution of higher education in the southeastern United States. Supporting activities for the name change will begin with today’s announcement and full implementation of the name will be complete in 2017.

Expansion of programs in recent years, including doctoral level degree programs, has prompted the College to adopt a name change to University that reflects the advanced programs being offered at the institution. In addition, the change to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University honors both the ministry’s founding sponsors and its Franciscan ideals and values as expressed through education and formation. Curricula in all academic disciplines emphasizes Franciscan formation, a distinct experience for graduates, especially those seeking preparation for healthcare professions.

“There are a number of reasons why we are excited to announce a new name that recognizes our institutional maturity…our university status,” states Dr. Tina Holland, President.  “But I am most excited about the opportunity to declare the proud heritage entrusted to us by our Sisters, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Our new name is a clear reflection of our commitment to enhance our Franciscan identity.”

Our Lady of the Lake College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will maintain its three established comprehensive schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Professions and the Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing. Today, the University has an enrollment of 1,600 students and a full-time faculty of 76. In keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church, the University is devoted both to academic excellence and service to the community and welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.

The service learning program has become a nationally recognized cornerstone of the curriculum. During 2014-2015 academic year, students provided 61,587 hours of service locally. In early 2011, the College was named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Carnegie Engaged Campus. In addition to this prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification, the College has been named seven times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Since 2012, the College has earned the enhanced "With Distinction,” an honor bestowed on only 120 colleges and universities in the nation and the only institution in Louisiana.

Our Lady of the Lake College was initially founded as a nursing school in conjunction with the establishment of Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium in the Capitol Lake area of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Today ─ over ninety-three years later ─ the institution has grown to offer a broader range of programs while maintaining its focus on healthcare.

“Academics has been a growing component of our organization and the perpetual learning environment maximizes the positive impact we have on individuals and the greater community. With almost a century of ministry, we seek always to honor the past and give our best in the present in order to embrace the future and its many possibilities. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University represents that total philosophy,” said Scott Wester, President and CEO Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

The new name does not change the institution’s historic relationship with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Rather, according to Holland, “By highlighting our university status and our Franciscan identity, we believe we are better positioned to serve and support the Sisters’ healthcare ministry within the many higher education alternatives.”

“An important impetus for the new name is that the first cohort of students will graduate with Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia (DNP) degrees in December of 2017,” she adds. 

About Our Ministry

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is a non-profit, Catholic healthcare ministry primarily serving in Louisiana through its hospitals, network of ambulatory services and physician practices, long-term care, elderly housing, health and wellness services, and a clinically integrated network, in addition to the university. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge is the flagship and largest of the health system hospitals.

Alumnus Named 2016 Nightingale Award Recipient

Congratulations to Andrea Normand, class of 1970, who was named the Registered Nurse of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.

When Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decided to open a pediatric ER, they chose Normand as its first nurse manager, and she remains there today, serving as a role model to everyone she makes contact with.

In 2009, Our Lady of the Lake College recognized Normand as one of its ‘85 Who Have Made a Difference.’ Her nomination stated “During the time she was Pediatric ER Manager, her unit saw exemplary patient and employee satisfaction ratings. Ms. Normand has mentored hundreds, maybe thousands, of nurses and doctors, serving as a role model to everyone she has made contact with along the way . . . She has always set the tone for nursing excellence by simply being on shift and setting an example.”

Spring 2016 Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who made the Spring 2016 semester Deans’ and President’s lists for outstanding academic work.

While we congratulate all students on their excellent academic performance, please note that there are guidelines that we follow to determine which students are listed on the honor roll. Eligibility guidelines are as follows:

President’s List- 12 or more credit hours with a semester GPA of 4.00
Dean’s List- 12 or more credit hours with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Any student who has a question about their eligibility should contact the Registrar’s Office at 225-490-1602.

2016 Spring President’s List


  1. Morgan Atchison
  2. Margaret Ball
  3. Kara Ballard
  4. Barbara Beckham
  5. Sherri Cass
  6. Katie Cazayoux
  7. Robin Chautin
  8. Matthew Clark
  9. Tiffany Cowell
  10. Holly Crochet
  11. Elizabeth Dauer
  12. Lauren David
  13. Taylor Decuir
  14. Michele Dedrick
  15. Jennifer Drouin
  16. Jordan Duhon
  17. Lauren Falgoust
  18. Emily Farnet
  19. Annessa Flowers
  20. Alicia Geiger
  21. Erin Gilbert
  22. Jeffery Green
  23. Bliss Hardy
  24. Emma Hopkins
  25. Jennifer Hymel
  26. Macey Jameson
  27. Kenneth Joffrion 
  28. Jazmyn Johnson
  29. Karen Kinder
  30. Sydney Laborde
  31. Chelsea Landry
  32. Lindsey Lobell
  33. Merritt Luneau
  34. Hannah Maier
  35. Ashley Mathis
  36. Brooke McClung
  37. Yasmeen Mohammed
  38. April Morgan
  39. Lara Murray
  40. Nadine Nalerio Choudhry
  41. Carly Pelletier
  42. Megan Pfeifer
  43. Keisha Providence
  44. Troy Prudhomme
  45. Jared Ramsey
  46. Lani Richardson
  47. Whitney Rizzuto
  48. Emily Roth 
  49. Emily Salles 
  50. Leslie Smith 
  51. Brooke Traweek 
  52. Lea Walker
  53. Michael Weber
  54. Eric Weber 
  55. Marquinta Winding 
  56. Sabrina Wood Easterly
  57. Kayla Young


2016 Spring Dean’s List


  1. Allyson Achee 
  2. Magan Adams
  3. Aubrey Aronstein
  4. Jacqueline Azbill
  5. Bridgette Azoanee
  6. Alexis Beckwith
  7. Jessica Boedecker
  8. Brandie Broussard
  9. Taylor Bush
  10. Erica Caldera
  11. Rebekah Chamberlain
  12. Ashley Chester
  13. Mary Coco
  14. Rachel Conley
  15. Kayla Craft
  16. Adam Crosby
  17. Susan Crosby
  18. Anna Culotta
  19. Elizabeth Dauzat
  20. Austin Demsky 
  21. Savanna Deynzer
  22. Kaitlin Douglas
  23. Diana Dunaway
  24. Mary-Kathryn Edwards
  25. Jordan Eppley
  26. Evi Erlinda
  27. Jordan Etheridge
  28. Jimilyn Galloway
  29. Charlie Gandy
  30. Ryan Garcia
  31. Dustin Gary
  32. Tiara George
  33. Amanda Gibson
  34. Taylor Gideon
  35. Cindy Granata
  36. Londyn Grey
  37. Bailie Guidry
  38. Jeri Hebert
  39. Alaynna Hebert
  40. Jason Herrle
  41. Courtney Higgins
  42. Sarah Hooge
  43. Samantha Hoover
  44. Amanda Hunt
  45. Ashley Hurst
  46. Kristen Jarreau
  47. Ellen Jennings
  48. Nathaniel Johnson
  49. Hannah Jones
  50. Mechelle Kelley
  51. Katy Kelly
  52. Laila Khamphoumy
  53. Denton Kirby
  54. Travis Lambert
  55. Emily Landry
  56. Whitney Leblanc
  57. William Leblanc
  58. Qianqian Liu
  59. Samantha Marshall
  60. Mayra Mattia
  61. Mallory Maynard
  62. Bready McClendon
  63. Leslie Melancon
  64. Kay Melancon
  65. Sara Miller
  66. Mallory Millet
  67. Gloria Minor
  68. Yvette Molina
  69. Atifa Naeem
  70. Tien Nguyen
  71. Mallory Obrien
  72. Meghan Odom
  73. Faith Olivera
  74. Julianna Parker
  75. Kelley Parrino
  76. Nyeisha Philson
  77. Paige Pizzo
  78. Shereen Richard
  79. Sandra Richards
  80. Kasey Rimkus
  81. Olivia Robertson
  82. Autumn Rounds
  83. Amanda Sanchez
  84. Adrianne Saucier
  85. Rick Schenck, Jr.
  86. Jonathan Schoen
  87. Karen Schugeld
  88. Annie Shocket
  89. Jolynne Shreve
  90. Brandon Simmons
  91. Lisa Smith
  92. Kourtni Smith 
  93. Laurel Smith
  94. Heather Smith
  95. Amanda Sprehe
  96. Victoria Stein
  97. Katherine Stewart
  98. Haley Stone
  99. Allison Taylor
  100. Lorne Velasquez
  101. Daniel Verret
  102. Alicia Vick
  103. Brandi Waguespack
  104. Yuping Wang
  105. Megan Wells
  106. Kalli White
  107. Kenisha Whitley
  108. Dwan Wilson
  109. Robert Wingert
  110. Ashley Woods
  111. Ying Xiao

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