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Updated February 12, 2018

Spring Visit Days Offered At Lourdes University
Lourdes University will offer Spring Visit Days on Monday, February 19, Saturday, March 17 and Saturday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Campus and housing tours, informational sessions and a meal in the full-service dining hall will be featured.
Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. each day in the Francis-can Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. RSVP at www.lourdes.edu/visit.
For additional information, call (419) 885-5291 or e-mail luadmits@lourdes.edu.
Individuals and families can also choose to set up a personalized visit day. Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily.

New Show Planned At Appold Planetarium
This winter, the Appold Planetarium offers individuals the opportunity to discover the simplistic patterns that make the sky a compass, a calendar and a clock. Viewers will be surprised to learn how many ways our daily lives are influenced by the objects in the sky.
“Compass, Calendar, Clock” is offered on Saturday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. The Appold Planetarium is located inside Mother Adelaide Hall on the Lourdes University campus, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12 and for Lourdes students presenting their student IDs. Shows at the Appold Planetarium are limited to 50 audience members and often sell out.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dr. Laura Megeath, Appold Planetarium coordinator, at planetarium@lourdes.edu or call (419) 517-8897.

Lourdes Announces Flexible Nursing Program
Dr. Hollis Hamilton, RN, Ddan of the College of Nursing at Lourdes University in Sylvania, announces the newly designed Flexible BSN Program, which allows nursing majors to choose the bachelor’s degree option that best suits their needs.
The Flexible BSN Program Options include:
Three-Year BSN – Students take courses year-round and can begin their courses in spring, fall or summer semester.
Four-Year BSN – Students enroll in two semesters per year
Five-Year BSN – Designed for working professionals, students enroll in fewer courses per semester and if needed, can skip a semester with an advisor’s assistance.
Two-Year BSN – Designed specifically for transfer students, individuals complete their nursing courses in one year plus two semesters.
Transfer students and working professionals can also take advantage of hybrid and online course options. High school graduates and transfer students who qualify as high-achieving students may also gain direct admission to the highly competitive nursing major.
Interested students can visit Lourdes.edu/FLEXbsn, or contact an undergraduate admissions counselor at (419) 885-5291 or luadmits@lourdes.edu.

CIFT Student Credential Recognized By State
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) now has two industry-recognized credentials through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
Established as the CIFT Food Industry Certification, the program provides two recognized, food industry credentials that can verify high school student expertise in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources, bioscience, food science and safety, bioresearch and food marketing and research.
“The demand for a skilled workforce is a growing concern for food companies,” said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT. “The CIFT student credentials provide a welcomed solution to this need, and we look forward to working with academic institutions as well as companies employing the participants in an effort to enhance the industry.”
To be eligible for the CIFT Food Industry Associate credential, a student must complete 120 hours of training combined with 100 hours of hands-on experience. For the CIFT Food Industry Specialist credential, a student must complete 480 hours of training and 500 hours of hands-on experience.
As these students enter the workforce, CIFT encourages companies to seek candidates who have acquired the credentials. There are more than 60,000 people working at nearly 1,000 food and beverage companies across Ohio. The industry ships more than $24 billion worth of products every year. The state consistently ranks among the highest output in the nation in dairy, fruits and vegetables, bakery, snacks, soft drinks, coffees, sauces, syrups and countless other food products. Such impressive facts make Ohio one of the nation’s leaders in food/beverage processing and agribusiness.
More details on the credentials, including requirements, current recipients and the application are available at www.ciftinnovation.org.

S.A.V.E. Announces 2017-18 Public Lecture Series
Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment Inc. (S.A.V.E.) is offering the following free public lectures at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The lectures are offered from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
The Third Battle for a Clean Lake Erie, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie, an environmental grassroots organization.
Our Sustainable Future – Ready or Not, Here We Come! Tuesday, April 4, 2018. John Krochmalny of SAVE and Northwest State Community College’s Education for Sustainability.
For further information on S.A.V.E. or the upcoming lectures, please contact Sr. Rosine Sobczak at (419) 824-3691 or e-mail rsobczak@lourdes.edu. S.A.V.E. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate people of all ages about the environment and to link ecology and spirituality to bring others a greater appreciation of the natural world. The S.A.V.E. office is located on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis and the home of Lourdes University.

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