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College Holds Inauguration for 4th President

Baton Rouge, LA – On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Our Lady of the Lake College held the inauguration of Tina S. Holland, PhD, the fourth President of Our Lady of the Lake College. 

The inauguration ceremony, which took place at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, was attended by a broad representation of students, friends and members of the College as well as civic and healthcare leaders including the Honorable Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana, Melvin “Kip” Holden, J.D., Mayor-President of Baton Rouge and Joseph C. Rallo, PhD, Commissioner of Higher Education of the Louisiana Board of Regents.  Civic, religious and educational leaders as well as members of the College and an alumna spoke during the program to express best wishes to the president.

Institutions of higher education use Presidential inaugurations as an opportunity to formally welcome new leadership and to mark a new vision for the future of the institution.  During the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Holland shared aspects her vision for the College:  to grow educational programs to meet both the needs of students and the community, and to further develop the physical campus, and “in so doing we hope to establish a true sense of place for our campus—a place where we build students professionally, personally and spiritually—to be leaders and servants.” 

Earlier in the day an Inaugural Mass was also held at St. Joseph Cathedral.   The Mass was officiated by the Most Reverend Robert W. Muench, Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

With the installation of Dr. Holland, Our Lady of the Lake College begins a new chapter in its nearly 100 year history.  Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, the School of Nursing began as a school of nursing in conjunction with the establishment of Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium in the Capitol Lake area of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Revising the curriculum over the years to incorporate advances in medical science, nursing practice and nursing education the school transitioned to a degree-granting institution of higher education in 1989.  By July of 1995 the College was officially renamed Our Lady of the Lake College, earning full accreditation to offer associate degrees. 

After serving as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for the LSU System and Chancellor at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, James W. Firnberg EdD served as the College’s first President from 1993 to 1999.  Under his leadership the institution transitioned into an institution accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees.  Michael Smith, PhD served as President from 1999-2006, and was followed by Sandra S. Harper, PhD from 2006-2013.

Currently the College offers a full range of applied arts and science and clinical degrees, now offering associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.  The 25 areas of study include arts and sciences, biology, clinical laboratory sciences, health sciences, liberal studies, nursing, nurse anesthesia, physical therapist assisting, physician assistant studies, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy. 

In addition to an emphasis on academic excellence, Our Lady of the Lake College has continued a promise to serve others begun by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, earning national recognition for its commitment to do service in the community.

For a complete bio for Dr. Holland go to www.ololcollege.edu/office-of-the-president/president-biography

To learn more about Our Lady of the Lake College, please visit www.ololcollege.edu.

For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, OLOL College Communications, at 225-768-1700.  


New Board of Trustee Leader Named

Baton Rouge, LA – Alden L. Andre, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2010, has been named Board of Trustee Chair for Our Lady of the Lake College.  Mr. Andre, a native and resident of Pointe Coupee Parish in Louisiana, completed his Bachelor of Science at Louisiana State University then served for a number of years in the U.S. Army.  During his fifty year career in plastics manufacturing he held various managerial positions at the Baton Rouge Formosa Plastics corporation and established two sister company plant sites in Pointe Coupee Parish.  Mr. Andre has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Capital Area United Way.

Other current Board leadership includes Redfield Bryan, M.D. who serves as the Board’s Vice-Chair. 

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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.


College Named to Community Service Honor Roll

  • Posted: 1/23/15

OLOL College Recognized with Distinction for Community Service 
    

Baton Rouge, LA – Our Lady of the Lake College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.  This is the seventh time that Our Lady of the Lake College has been named to the Honor Roll and the third time to be named to the Honor Roll “with Distinction.”  

This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.  This year 196 colleges and universities across the United States were recognized with the Honor Roll with Distinction for their strong institutional commitment to service.

Our Lady of the Lake College was the only Louisiana institution of higher education named to the Interfaith Community Service Category Honor Roll with Distinction of the 43 colleges and universities selected in that category for the 2014 application.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006.  It chooses institutions for recognition based on their achievements in general community service or in one of two special focus areas which align with the President’s education and innovation priorities.  Schools recognized with “Distinction" additionally share a key characteristic: that there is evidence that their service has made measurable improvement in the community.   

“Our goals for our students reflect the mission of Our Lady of the Lake College. Their time with us provides them with an understanding of what it means to serve,” explains Tina S. Holland, Ph.D., Our Lady of the Lake College President.  “Our holistic approach to learning fosters a sense of individual purpose as our students encounter increasingly complex moral and ethical questions. Whether called to work within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System or well beyond the borders of Louisiana, our students will graduate with a firm foundation upon which to build successful, purposeful, and faith-filled lives.”

Our Lady of the Lake College has developed a national reputation for service in the community.  In 2011 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named OLOL College to an elite list of institutions designated with the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification.  This classification put OLOL College into a select group of 311 higher education institutions in the United States recognized for their student’s engaged service in the community through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.

On a campus of approximately 1750 students, over 1400 Our Lady of the Lake College students participated in community service of some kind during the award’s timeframe, giving almost 47,000 total service hours to the community.  According to DatabankUSA, the estimated dollar value of a volunteer hour for Louisiana is $18.71, which translates to over $879,000 worth of service offered through our community partners.

CNCS manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

“Service and higher education go hand in hand,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “These schools are inspiring young leaders to roll up their sleeves and work alongside community members to solve problems. By recognizing the institutions who are leading the way to achieve meaningful, measurable results for the communities they serve, we also highlight the vital role all colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”

The entire list of schools recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll can be accessed at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/ .

Offering master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs.  Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL), the school that evolved into Our Lady of the Lake College holds to a Franciscan tradition of service, offer a healing and spiritual presence for the community and especially those most in need. 

For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, Communications Coordinator, at 225-768-1700.  


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