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PUBLICATION DATE: April 02, 2019

Lourdes travels to Ireland with craft brewing degree

With the Full Bodied Degree Program, Lourdes University became the only higher education institution in the U.S. to offer a comprehensive bachelor’s degree focused on brewing, winemaking and spirits. Designed to meet workforce demands, the Bachelor of Science in Craft Beverages degree prepares budding microbrewers and vintners to master the art, science and business of this growing industry.
The Lourdes Full Bodied Degree Program held its international launch March 8 in County Galway, Ireland, which was recently designated as the European Region of Gastronomy. The Topflight Beverage Event, co-hosted by Connemara West, Galway took place at Portershed in Eyre Square, in the heart of Galway City’s innovation district. Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, officially launched the degree with guest speakers John and Sally McKenna.
Lourdes University Vice President of Academic Affairs, Terry M. Keller, was on hand for the festivities along with Kevin Heanue, chairman of the Board of Directors for Connemara West plc and economist with Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Dr. Heanue served as the 2018 Lourdes University commencement speaker and was bestowed an honorary doctoral degree.
Individuals were able to participate in the Top Flight Beverage Event via livestream at facebook.com/GalwayGastronomy2018 courtesy of Galway European Region of Gastronomy.
As part of the Bachelor of Science in Craft Beverages curriculum, students can complete three internships at breweries and wineries, including one in County Galway.
To learn more about the Full Bodied Degree, visit lourdes.edu/craftbeverages

“The Sights and Sounds of Judaism” features renowned composer/art historian

Toledo Community Foundation and Lourdes University present “The Sights and Sounds of Judaism” on Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 4 pm in the Franciscan Center. The distinguished speakers include American composer Samuel Adler and art history lecturer Ruthy Behare Light. The event is free and open to the public. 
Coordinated by Lourdes Associate Professor and Chair of Art, Erin Palmer Szavuly, and Lourdes Choral Director Betsy Bellavia, the event is a co-celebration of the Goldberg Lecture Series and the annual Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture Series. Co-hosted by the Lourdes Departments of Art and Music, the March event also includes a performance of Jewish liturgical music by the Lourdes University Chorale.
Dr. Samuel Adler
Unique among established mainstream American composers whose Jewish identities have played a formative part of their work, Dr. Samuel Adler has written prolifically for the Hebrew liturgy and has been consistently active in the American cantorial and Jewish music infrastructure. 
Educated at Boston University and Harvard University, Dr. Adler studied under Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Randall Thompson and conducted with Serge Koussevitzky. In 1966, he became professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music. He has also served on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1997 while remaining professor emeritus at Eastman. 
His compositions include more than 400 works spanning nearly all media, apart from his large liturgical output. Dr. Adler’s orchestral music includes five symphonies and a number of concertos.  
Dr. Adler’s vocal and choral music includes much written for Jewish liturgical use or otherwise of Jewish inspiration. He has written music that is more lighthearted, including settings that range from Catullus to Dr. Seuss. Dr. Adler’s operas include “The Outcast of Poker Flat,” “The Wrestler” and the music drama “The Lodge of Shadows.” 
Dr. Adler holds honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University, Wake Forest University, St. Mary’s Notre-Dame, the St. Louis Conservatory and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.  
He has been awarded many prizes including a 1990 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Charles Ives Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, the MTNA Award for Composer of the Year (1988-1989), and a Special Citation by the American Foundation of Music Clubs (2001). 
Ruthy Behare Light
Ruthy Behare Light, a naturalized citizen, has broad experience in global engagement. She studied liberal arts at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, received a French Baccalaureate at the College Française in Beirut, Lebanon, and acquired a Bachelor of Education in French and English with a minor in special education from The University of Toledo and a Master of Arts in art history at Bowling Green State University.   
Ms. Light, currently a senior lecturer at BGSU’s School of Art, has developed curriculum, assisted in program planning and has taught numerous courses in art history at BGSU and UT.  In addition, she has facilitated and presented at numerous symposiums, conferences and workshops on various topics in art history. She has also collaborated professionally with numerous international entities including the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. 
She has served on the Embracing Global Engagement Advisory Council at BGSU, and SACI (Studio Art College International) in Florence, Italy as the BGSU coordinator.

Agreement signed with Detroit school

Lourdes University and Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit, Mich., signed a Catholic Commitment agreement on March 11. The Lourdes University Catholic Commitment program guarantees admission to promising students at select national Catholic high schools.  
“We are pleased to offer guaranteed admission to talented students like those from Detroit Cristo Rey,” said Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek. “It’s important Lourdes lives out its mission of learning, service, and reverence by ensuring all students have the chance to reach their educational goals.” 
To qualify, high school seniors must graduate with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. These students can also receive a Lourdes Scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 per year. An ACT and SAT score are not required to earn guaranteed admission.

Strauss to join Lourdes Board of Trustees

Karen Strauss

Lourdes University president Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., announced the appointment of Karen Strauss to its board of trustees. “Board Chair Jim Haudan and I are delighted to welcome Ms. Strauss. The University will definitely benefit from her expertise in healthcare and other business industries,” said Dr. Gawelek.
A chief administrative officer for ProMedica, Karen Strauss is responsible for the leadership and direction of system strategic planning, marketing, communications, public relations and human resources development. With more than 35 years of experience in strategy and marketing development and deployment, Strauss is respected for her expertise in brand management, customer relationship management and disciplined cost control optimization.
Prior to ProMedica, she served as president and general manager of Masco Cabinetry in Ann Arbor, Mich., a business unit of the Fortune 500 Masco Corporation and as vice president of Merillat Industries. Strauss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and Spanish from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University.

Two Lourdes faculty appointed to Toledo committee

Two Lourdes University faculty members, Dr. Patrice McClellan and Ms. Shay Bankston, have been apponted to the newly created City of Toledo Human Relations Committee. Appointed by Toledo City Mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz, in their current roles, Dr. McClellan and Bankston will work as colleagues to support a safe, energetic and livable city and support residents working to overcome prejudice and build mutual respect.
Bankston, is the CEO and founder of Premier Consulting, a company that provies behavioral health and community development services. McClellan has presented across the country on a variety of subjects including race and gender, leadership, social justice and superintendency. She is the co-author of “Herstories: Leading with lessons of the lives of Black women activists.”